A few weeks ago Intel has announced their Q4 financial and full year 2014 earnings. Results were far better than expectation of many and at that time they announced that all the rumors about Skylake processors are false and they would not postpone this mainstream series for desktop processor, which is carrying lots of features. The best is to support DDR3 and DDR4 memory. However, a source familiar with the plans of Intel, said on Friday that the company will postpone the commercial release of a new generation of Skylake processors at least by about one quarter.
Intel to postpone release of Skylake Processor for Desktop
Intel always publicly stated that it will begin deliveries of Skylake processors from the second half of 2015. However, in confidential documents intended for partners, as well as presentations on Intel promised to begin deliveries of Skylake chips in the second quarter 2015. Not later than in November, Intel showed a slide in a closed technology conference, indicating that the first chip of Skylake form factor LGA1151, as well as platform Z170 and Q170 will be available in the first half of the year (ie, in the second quarter 2015). Unfortunately, most likely, it will not happen.
According to the site KitGuru , which refers to a source familiar with the plans of Intel, the company delayed the release of Skylake microprocessors till the third quarter of 2015. Traditionally, Intel releases new microprocessors in the first half of the year (as happened with the Westmere, Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Haswell and Haswell Refresh), but this time the company will supply the new Skylake processors only in the third quarter. Moreover, manufacturers of motherboards and high-performance PCs can not even get a commercial version of CPU-based Skylake microarchitecture to showcase their new products at Computex Taipei 2015 in early June.
Reasons for the delay Skylake-S desktop remain unclear. Given the fact that Intel is steadily increasing the mass production of Broadwell processors on 14-nm process node, if they start the mass production of Skylake chips of the same process technology then it should not be a big problem for the company. At least in theory, everything that Intel needs to be done to start the release Skylake (if the chip design is free of errors), is to replace the photomasks in the scanner.
Although output delay Intel Skylake automatically postpone market launch of a number of new technologies, a hitch could be good news for manufacturers of motherboards. Simultaneous availability of Broadwell and Skylake market actually lead to the coexistence of five competing platforms for Intel desktop processors. For motherboard manufacturers, this means higher costs and internal competition. If Intel can help their partners at least in part to sell existing microprocessors and board, a small delay can be very positive for them.
Intel Skylake platform offers a number of innovations: an entirely new microarchitecture x86 (with support for AVX 3.2, 512-bit extensions, etc.), native support interface SATA Express (for SSD with read speeds of 2 TB /s or even 4 TB /s) optional interface Thunderbolt 3.0 ( bandwidth of 40 Gbit / s), as well as the type of memory support DDR4. Unfortunately, the first processors Skylake will have an unlocked multiplier, and therefore it will not support Overclocking. It is assumed that in the second or third quarter, Intel will offer some enthusiasts performance chip from Broadwell-K with four cores and an unlocked multiplier. Although these chips promise to be successful in terms of Overclocking, they will continue to use the platform of the previous generation, and therefore will not support SATA Express, DDR4 and other improvements.
It is interesting to note that as early as November 2014 it was reported that the mobile versions of processors Intel Skylake (Skylake-H, Skylake-U) will be ready for delivery in the interval from the 37th to the 47th week of 2015. Thus, systems based on the new chips will be available at the earliest at the end of September. According to the Intel promises, mobile devices based on microprocessors Skylake will support wireless charging technology, high performance WiFI wireless interface and a number of other technologies.
For now Intel has virtually no competitors in the market when you come to the race of high-performance microprocessors, the release Skylake in the Q3 of this year hardly affect the company’s financial performance. However, any delay always raises questions among the public, analysts, partners and investors.