Intel has reportedly pushed back the release of its latest processor lineup, codenamed Skylake, with the new chips now expected to arrive in August.
Originally rumoured to be arriving, or at least announced, around the time of the Computex trade show in early June the launch has instead been delayed until the company’s traditional yearly developer conference, the Intel Developer Forum.
Taking place in August this year the San Francisco-based event is often the stage for big Intel announcements, but the expectation was that Skylake would be arriving sooner.
Skylake is the codename for the sixth-generation of Intel Core processors and it marks a tock in the Intel tick-tock development cycle. Ticks are when the company changes manufacturing process while tocks are changes in fundamental design.
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Intel Haswell was the last tock, while Broadwell was the last tick (moving from 22nm to 14nm) and is just arriving in the likes of the Dell XPS 13 and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon. In fact Broadwell hasn’t yet arrived on desktops, which is why many were expected to wait instead for Skylake, but this delay may just give a sizeable enough window for Broadwell desktop products to make a mark.
Crucially, Broadwell products can fit into existing Haswell LGA1155 motherboards but Skylake will use a new LGA1151 socket.
Key Intel partners are likely to be left unhappy if this is a last minute change as it will mean delaying the announcement of any new Skylake-supporting products, announcements which again would likely be taking place at Computex.
Intel is still yet to confirm any details of the Skylake launch.