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Intel May Be Pushing Out Another 14nm Processor in PCs Late This Year

Cannon Lake and Coffee Lake are the codenames to know.

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Intel's previous modus operandi for releasing new processors has been to launch one each year, then move on to the next generation. This year, we were looking at a 10nm Cannon Lake chip to replace the aging 14nm chip as expected, but the company has hinted that a fourth 14nm chip could debut in PCs this holiday season as well.

Unofficially dubbed Coffee Lake, this new 14nm chip would mark the first time that Intel has extended a processor to a fourth iteration. If the reports are accurate, Coffee Lake would follow previous 14nm chips Broadwell, Skylake and the current Kaby Lake designs. When Kaby Lake was introduced, it marked the end of the company's tick-tock process, which had previously consisted of two processors within a development cycle in the same nm class, with the latter being an upgrade over the former. A fourth chip in the 14nm class is unprecedented, especially if it continues to provide performance improvements over its 14nm brethren.

Kaby Lake launched this year as the "optimization" step in Intel's 7th generation execution plan. Kaby Lake was the first CPU to be launched under Intel's new "process-architecture-optimization" development model, but Coffee Lake doesn't fit with that. Instead, Coffee Lake will be a bridge between the 7th and 8th generation Intel chips, featuring improvements that will be found in Cannon Lake, but using the 14nm manufacturing process. Unfortunately, Intel's 10nm die yields have continued to be low, so this may not be the last setback in its plans.

In addition, as 8th generation chips, both Cannon Lake and Coffee Lake are expected to provide a 15 percent boost in performance over Kaby Lake, which is considered the last in the 7th generation line.

Intel is rumored to be launching Kaby Lake X and Skylake X chip at Gamescom this year in August, with 10-, 8 -, 6- and 4 core models. All chips are expected to be tagged as the Core i7-7000 series processors.

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    February 24, 2017 9:40 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Intel May Be Pushing Out Another 14nm Processor in PCs Late This Year

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      February 24, 2017 10:28 AM

      So 8XXX processors? Idk about any of this shit, but why? Or is this completely different?

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        February 24, 2017 11:05 AM

        probably because they have to compete with AMD now

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          February 24, 2017 11:07 AM

          Yeah, but what are they gonna improve? Shit has been stale for so long

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            February 24, 2017 11:08 AM

            It's all about the megahurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrtzes

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      February 24, 2017 11:11 AM

      "Oops we probably should have some 6 and 8 core parts now"

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        February 24, 2017 12:42 PM

        They have some consumer grade ones, but they are stupid expensive and use a different socket . I hope Ryzen has lit a fire under Intel's ass to lower prices.

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          February 24, 2017 12:53 PM

          Yeah that's what I'm figuring, they'll at least put a 6-core, 12-thread core part in the more affordable 115x socket to answer AMD's stuff. Pricing will probably be heavily dependent on performance of Ryzen.

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      February 24, 2017 1:43 PM

      Tick tock tock tock. Intel is becoming a broken clock. Yet another Skylake optimization?

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      February 24, 2017 3:04 PM

      they said that at their last intel event, right at the start. The dude was holding a laptop apparently powered by cofee lake.