The folks at VR-Zone have gotten their hands on fresh Intel roadmaps that highlight the firm's plans into the second half of next year. The roadmaps agree with previous leaks, which suggest Intel will skip Broadwell on the desktop and instead refresh its current Haswell platform. According to the latest slides, that refresh isn't due until the second half of 2014—more than a year after Haswell debuted.
Although the slides don't detail plans for Intel's high-end desktop platform, VR-Zone says Haswell-E is slated for release in the second half of next year, as well. That chip is expected to support DDR4 memory, and it should come with a replacement for the X79 platform that underpins Sandy Bridge-E and the upcoming Ivy Bridge-E chips.
The second half of 2014 will apparently be a busy one on the mobile front, too. Broadwell is supposedly scheduled to appear in the latter half of the year, and it looks like the initial batch of processors will populate the higher-end Core i5 and i7 families. The roadmaps suggest Broadwell chips will arrive first in HQ, U, and Y-series flavors. The U- and Y-series chips are likely to have lower TDP ratings suitable for ultrabooks and convertible tablets, while the HQ models should have higher thermal envelopes more appropriate for bigger notebooks and all-in-one systems.
Unfortunately, the roadmaps don't offer more specifics on exactly when Intel's various platform updates will arrive. The second half of 2014 is a pretty big window, and it's possible that some of the new hotness won't come out until the end of next year. I expect Intel will want Broadwell-based notebooks ready for the back-to-school buying season. There may be less pressure to roll out the Haswell refresh, especially if it amounts to little more than a motherboard and chipset upgrade.
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