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Intel revives Haswell-era chip amid 14nm shortage

Eric Frederiksen
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Intel has been struggling with a chip shortage since 2018, and the company says the shortage could even outlast 2019 and persist into 2020. Now, the company is looking to revive its Haswell Pentium G3420, necromancer-style, from its grave.

According to a Product Change notification from Intel, the company is “canceling this product discontinuance completely per new roadmap decision and enabling the product long term once again.” In other words, Intel is canceling the cancellation of the G3420.

Intel Pentium G3420 CPU

As NotebookCheck notes, this chip isn’t likely to see much play with builders. Aside from it being a four-year-old chip, the G3420 is built on the older 22-nm process. It’s a dual-core chip with two Haswell-era that clock at 3.2 GHz and a locked multiplier. It also slots into the outdated LGA 1150 form factor.

Instead, the chip will likely prove popular with OEMs, which might end up re-implementing the chip for office machines.

With AMD approaching its 7nm process, Intel reviving a dead 22nm chip seems to indicate just what a bind Intel’s chip shortage has the company in. Even if it alleviates the supply problems Intel is having in terms of getting chips to OEMs, it’s not a great look for the company.

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    • The number of offices that buy large quantities of only Intel PCs is insane.

      AMD’s performance advantage is meaningless because many work PCs are only ever used for MS Office. In these sorts of setups an IGP and guaranteed compatibility with whatever legacy software might be needed is more important than anything Zen brought to the table.

    • AMD has very little presence in laptops, and not much in pre-built office systems.

      While the enthusiast market loves RyZen (and justifiably so…) the corporate fleet buyers haven’t jumped on board yet.

  1. Turns out, this was just Intel correcting an error in a previous EOL notice. They never dropped production of this chip, and it was already 22nm. There were at least a half dozen articles trying to make something out of this.

  2. Wouldn’t selling this also require a lot of other infrastructure like motherboards and chipsets and RAM to be available in large quantities? I mean, I’m a fan of getting lots of use out of things, this kind of cool, but I am impressed its possible at all. Isn’t everything from that era out of production now?

    • There’s still a surplus of DDR3 memory. The real problem is 8 and 9 series-era chipsets unless Intel is using its even older 32nm nodes for them.

  3. So there was a gap to fill between the Celeron G1820 and the i3-4330. Both of these are still alive, at least that’s what Ark says.

  4. That is not cancelled which can eternally be produced at a profit.

    And in strange aeons even cancellations may be cancelled.

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