The latest Intel PC client platform roadmap, which covers the launch schedules of several next generation processors has been leaked to the great unwashed.
The 2013-2016 roadmap gives key insights on how Intel will handle launches of its next generation 14nm and 10nm processors including Broadwell, Skylake and Cannonlake – codenamed CornFlake.
Intel is launching Broadwell in five SKUs in the middle of June. These include a mix of desktop socketed and BGA chips. The desktop socketed platform will include the Core i7-5775C and Core i5-5675C processors with Iris Pro graphics.
The Broadwell M, Y, Y lineups have already launched but are going to have a short life as they are soon going to be replaced by Intel’s 6th generation processors.
According to the roadmap, in Q3 2015, Intel will launch Skylake which will be its sixth generation of core processors and feature support on the 100-series chipset based motherboards. These will feature several Core i7 and Core i5 processors on the LGA platform.
Skylake will feature new IA CPU and graphics microarchitecture based upon the 14nm process. The TDPs will range from 95W on the enthusiasts chips all the way down to 65W mainstream and 35W low TDP chips.
IT will have a new graphics core with key improvements that push performance by 50 per cent the fastest GT4e graphics chips and reducing the overall power consumption by 60 per cent These are some major enhancements and one can expect Skylake to be a big game changer for Intel after several years of stagnant IPC increases on the previous processor releases.
Intel will also have a Skylake refresh platform in Q3 2016, a year after the initial Skylake platform which will come out with new processors. No details are known but the new chips will come with faster clock speeds.
Intel will steadily keep on releasing chips for their M, U and Y series platforms with the transition to Broadwell complete and the next phase to be initiated from Q4 2015 when the lineups based on Skylake processors are going to launch.
Soon after Skylake, Intel plans to release their first 10nm chips based on the Cannonlake (CornFlake) x86 core architecture in Q2 2016. These will have an emphasis on the yearly notebook updates. Cannonlake is a step closer to extremely low power chips which can do wonders to mobile platforms. The mobile MQ series will launch in Q3 2016 for more performance intensive notebook designs. It means that Chipzilla will at least have 10nm chips available to consumers by next year however, the desktop parts won’t see the light of day till 2017.
Intel’s roadmap also gives a update on their High-End desktop platforms. Skylake-E will launch in Q3 2016. No details are provided but it is expected that the platform will issue a new series of chipsets and a different socket layout as compared to X99.