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PC confusion to linger on Intel's quick jump to Skylake

Agam Shah | Sept. 16, 2014
Intel sweeps Broadwell under the floor at IDF, pushes Skylake.

The delay of Broadwell's mainstream PC chips to next year raised questions on whether it would have a rollover effect on Skylake, pushing it into 2016. But Intel does not want to delay chips and give competitors a chance to gain ground, McCarron said.

"Intel learned a lesson in the Pentium 4 days, that you're not far ahead of your competition," McCarron said.

Intel got comfortable with Pentium 4, which got minor architectural and manufacturing upgrades from 2000 to 2008. Intel's sluggishness helped Advanced Micro Devices -- which bought innovations to its Athlon processor chips -- gain PC processor market share. That woke up Intel, which then switched its architectural approach with Pentium D and subsequently Core processors, both of which succeeded.

Nonetheless, Intel will aggressively push Broadwell in laptops early next year, McCarron said.

 

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