Intel Haswell processors

Intel has confirmed that its cyclical strategy tick-tock has come to an end. Now, instead of having two families of processors on the same die, the company will use two or three over the next few years, the period to be used both extending 14nm and future 10nm.

Intel’s tick-tock strategy comes to an end


Intel’s Tick-Tock strategy has been the bedrock of their microprocessor dominance of the last decade. Throughout the tenure, every other year Intel would upgrade their fabrication plants to be able to produce processors with a smaller feature set, improving die area, power consumption, and slight optimizations of the microarchitecture, and in the years between the upgrades would launch a new set of processors based on a wholly new (sometimes paradigm shifting) microarchitecture for large performance upgrades. However, due to the difficulty of implementing a ‘tick’, the ever decreasing process node size and complexity therein, as reported previously with 14nm and the introduction of Kaby Lake, Intel’s latest filing would suggest that 10nm will follow a similar pattern as 14nm by introducing a third stage to the cadence.

This does not mean that Intel stops launching new models every year, as it has done until now, but there will be greater control over the optimization of each architecture and the development process will become slower. So from now we will not see that every year we have either a reduction in the manufacturing process or a new architecture.

What does this means? It confirms that Intel’s next-Gen ‘Kaby Lake’ platform will be made on 14nm and we have to wait until this happens for Intel processors under a manufacturing process of 10 nm, which will occur at least in 2017. Similarly, Intel will jump to 7nm in 2019 or 2020.

Via: Tweaktown, anandtech