updated 10:53 pm EDT, Tue October 15, 2013
New 14nm process chipset to deliver performance increase over Haswell
Today's Intel earnings conference call also revealed that the next generation of Intel microprocessor after Haswell, the "Broadwell" line will be delayed by three months. Production of the new 14nm process chip will now beginp in the first quarter of 2014, rather than in November of this year as originally envisioned. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said that current yields of prototype processors are suffering from a "defect density issue" keeping productive yields down.
After the initial runs of chips, Intel attempted to fix the manufacturing process -- with an initial failure to completely resolve the issues. Krzanich believes that the latest round of fixes has dealt with the production problems. The architecture following Broadwell, Skylake, is not expected to be delayed by the Broadwell manufacturing issues.
"We have confidence the problem is fixed because we have data it is fixed," Krzanich claimed. "This happens sometimes in development phases like this. That's why we moved it a quarter." He added that "this is a small blip in the schedule, and we'll continue on from here."