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Intel and AMD to launch new CPUs at CES 2017, says report

by Mark Tyson on 8 June 2016, 10:04

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC), AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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Those expecting either Intel or AMD to launch any new CPU platform in H2 2016 are going to be disappointed, say Taiwanese computer industry sources. DigiTimes reports that there are "serious inventory issues," and a backlog of current gen stock to be cleared. It asserts that due to these factors both Intel and AMD will leave eager tech beavers waiting until CES 2017 in January.

According to previously seen roadmaps and information from press conferences and the like the Intel Kaby Lake platform and the AMD Zen chips were destined to launch in the third and fourth quarters of 2016 respectively. With new products on the way, related brand vendors are said to have been "aggressively clearing their inventory of older-generation models and preparing for the new products since May". However the supplies of new processors look like they will be significantly later. As mentioned in the headline, industry sources have indicated that Intel and AMD will now go head to head at CES 2017.

There seem to be differences in the reasons for the lateness of the two rival CPU platforms. In Intel's case, the combination of plenty of Skylake and Haswell-based inventory and the lack of "any major improvements from the previous-generation architectures," means Intel isn't going to rush Kaby Lake out. In AMD's case no such reasons are given but it was always going to be late in the year before launch anyway. With Zen being such an important new CPU for AMD, and being its first on Globalfoundries' 14nm process, there is undoubtedly a great deal of technical and business stringency required to make sure the CPUs are market ready.

PC supply chain manufacturers expect mass production of products to support these upcoming CPUs to begin in November and December this year.



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So in other words: assuming that Zen is coming in 2017 and not 2016 based on absolutely nothing. Such news value! Very information! *insert doge face*
I'm more worried about the drop off for Skylake since this is the last processor from Intel to support windows 8.1 and down.

They have given corporate customer far to little time to update their desktop structure to windows 10, I predict a run on the Skylake CPU PC's towards the end of the production period as people scramble to get enough stocks to tide them over until they can migrate their desktop estates.

It still pisses me of that Microsoft and Intel think this is an acceptable practice!
Maybe AMD are concentrating on the new consoles apus first? They might be a bigger earner for them.
The Hand;2809
Maybe AMD are concentrating on the new consoles apus first? They might be a bigger earner for them.
Good point. Console wins have been their best promotional victories in the last few years. AMD must keep their advantage in that market.
Defiant
… They have given corporate customer far to little time to update their desktop structure to windows 10, I predict a run on the Skylake CPU PC's towards the end of the production period as people scramble to get enough stocks to tide them over until they can migrate their desktop estates. …

Seems very unlikely. Most corporate infrastructure has a 3 year life cycle and uses business class processors, which tend to have longer support timeframes anyway. My PC at work was replaced in the last few months, and I've got a Haswell i5 running Windows 7. That'll be stable for the next three years - plenty of time for my employers to plan a Win 10 roll-out. Dell currently do their optiplex business desktops with a choice of 4th or 6th generation Core i, and both sets have Windows 7 pre-installed (the vast majority of big corporations will still be on Win 7).

And ultimately if there is a major corporation out there who wants to upgrade in 2 - 3 years time and stay on Windows 7, and if Intel aren't still producing business class processors that will support Windows 7, I'd put money on there being a competitive AMD solution available at that point… and if that is the case you can better your bottom dollar that Intel will suddenly find a way to support Windows 7 and 8 on their newer platforms… ;)