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Intel pushes Broadwell production back to 2014

Production on Intel's 14 nanometre Haswell successor won't begin until the first quarter of 2014, but it's unclear what is causing the delay.

During its Q3 earnings call in the US, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich acknowledged that the company is delaying production of its Broadwell chip to the first quarter of 2014.

Intel has been promoting new thin-and-light PCs to boost the market. (Credit: Shara Tibken/CNET)

In Intel's tick-tock parlance, Broadwell is the 'tick' to Haswell's 'tock'. It's a shrunk down version of the fourth generation of Intel Core processors and the first to be manufactured at 14 nanometres (nm), down from Haswell's 22nm architecture.

"Broadwell, our first product at 14nm, is up and running, as we demonstrated at the Intel Developer Forum," Krzanich said. "While we're comfortable where we're at with yields, from a timing standpoint, we're about a quarter behind schedule."

The sizing of Broadwell has been anticipated to contribute to a new generation of PCs that are lighter, faster and — for laptops and ultrabooks — deliver better battery life. A Broadwell-Y system-on-a-chip is also scheduled to be manufactured for tablets.

More information is expected from Intel on the reason for the delays and we will update as it comes to hand.