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Broadwell PCs will be on sale in time for Xmas, pledges Intel CEO

by Mark Tyson on 19 May 2014, 10:00

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Intel CEO Brian Krzanich spoke at the Maker Faire in San Mateo, California, on Saturday. He spent some time addressing the electronics DIY community about how Intel wants amateur inventors to help create new and inspiring wearable tech. Also, as exclusively revealed by Reuters, he made a promise that Intel Broadwell chips would ship in time for inclusion in PCs to be sold to Christmas shoppers.

Intel asks for creative help

While many tech giants are seemingly jostling to position for the explosion in popularity of wearable tech, nothing has yet emerged to set the market alight. Intel was at the Maker Faire in San Mateo this weekend casting its idea nets around to try and find some direction.

Brian Krzanich said that he thought that successful wearables will come from makers who are focussed upon solving their own needs and thus there won't be a single device which is right for everyone. The smartwatches and fitness bands introduced by rivals in the last few months show that such accessories aren't taking off. So the Intel CEO wants to mine the maker movement for inspiration.

The Intel CEO explained his presence at the Maker Faire, alongside rivals ARM, "These are the future engineers, the future scientists, the guys who will be inventing the next companies that create great products, whether it's the next Google or Apple. We want them to be aware of Intel technology".

Broadwell PCs by Xmas

Krzanich also talked about the schedule for the release of Broadwell processors this weekend. "I can guarantee for holiday, and not at the last second of holiday," Krzanich reassured in a Reuters interview. "Back to school - that's a tight one. Back to school you have to really have it on-shelf in July, August. That's going to be tough." The 14nm Broadwell processor plans have been subject to delays due to "technical setbacks," we learnt last October.

In summary, Broadwell manufacturing is said to be back "on schedule" but it sounds like no one will be able to buy any 'back-to-school' device equipped with these chips this year. If July and August are tough, then perhaps September to October time are realistic goals to get plenty of Broadwell devices available, awareness built about them and a range available on shelves before the Xmas shopping rush.



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I hope none of these tech giants accidentally bankrupt themselves over wearable tech.

I get it that it ought to be our future. Nobody wants to be the Magoo who said, "The internet will never catch on" or questioned why there was any need to have a camera in a phone. Sci-fi is often right, and wearable technology is such a big part of those ideas, but that doesn't mean it's inevitable. Glass has proved that we hate computerised eyewear, and maybe one day a Glass contact lens will make people's objections moot, but aside from that I can't imagine anything that works. I have to remember to pick up my smartphone every day, but I'm no more shackled to that than I would be to some item of clothing that I have to clamp onto me every day.
But this xmass broadwell is supposed to have same performance as haswell but use less power, not exactly exciting stuff..
Smikis
But this xmass broadwell is supposed to have same performance as haswell but use less power, not exactly exciting stuff..

If it was better then this could have triggered an Osbourn Effect. Can't see anyone cancelling orders to wait for Broadwell though, so no damage done eh?
DanceswithUnix
If it was better then this could have triggered an Osbourn Effect. Can't see anyone cancelling orders to wait for Broadwell though, so no damage done eh?
"Osbourn Effect" - what's that? Presumably it's not - as I first thought - the irresistible desire to try out your entire library of invective on viewing a certain Chancellor? Or, (for the comic geeks), riding around on a silver hover board thingy throwing pumpkin bombs?
Smikis
But this xmass broadwell is supposed to have same performance as haswell but use less power, not exactly exciting stuff..
Not exciting ... undoubtedly. But still of interest. Someone (here) once said that "less power = less heat", and less heat means that you need to put in less effort (i.e. spend less) if you want to overclock. And I'd suggest that cheaper overclocking capabilities are exciting. Wasn't there something about Broadwell being easily stable at 4GHz+ with the stock Intel cooler the other day? If true, then colour me interested - be nice to do an "upgrade" from my upclocked PhenomII for Christmas.
crossy
"Osbourn Effect" - what's that? Presumably it's not - as I first thought - the irresistible desire to try out your entire library of invective on viewing a certain Chancellor? Or, (for the comic geeks), riding around on a silver hover board thingy throwing pumpkin bombs?

Oops, spelt with an 'e' it seems. It is an unintended consequences thing.

Adam Osbourne basically invented the portable computer in the 80's. He let slip that a version 2 of his computer would be cheaper and twice as fast, and everyone stopped buying the version 1. Problem is, version 2 wasn't ready yet so the company got into serious cash flow difficulties. There are probably computer execs in the industry now that are too young to know the story, so it will happen again :)