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Intel’s flawed production process will delay Broadwell launch

Intel’s flawed production process will delay Broadwell launch

Last month, I sat in front of Intel’s new CEO, Brian Krzanich, who showed off the “working” Broadwell chip on the stage of the Intel Developer Forum. I even saw one running in a test system, via CPU benchmarker’s friend Cinebench. Yesterday, however, he announced during a briefing on Intel’s latest financial results that they would be delaying production of Broadwell chips until the first quarter of next year. We were expecting to see Broadwell products by next spring, but due to declining production, it may not be until the summer of 2014 at the earliest.

So what went wrong? Well, according to Krzanich, it’s all about yield. They simply can’t get enough functional processors out of the large silicon wafers they produce. He called it the “defect density problem.” Apparently, Intel has fixed the issues in the production process and is now “satisfied with our current volume.” Sadly, this still means the entire launch of the next-gen processors will be delayed by about 3-4 months.

Honestly, I’m glad they caught the Broadwell issue early and didn’t release a chip or chipset with the kind of issues we’ve seen with the last few Intel releases. Early Haswell machines didn’t play nice with USB 3.0 ports, and Sandy Bridge chipsets screwed up SATA connections — it would be nice to have a functioning new Intel platform from the start.

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