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Intel Planning to Stop their Tick Tock Design


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Michael Justin Allen Sexton released an article on Tom’s Hardware on March 23, 2016 talking about Intel and how they are no longer going to use their tick tock design cadence which is associated with the new extended development scheme.

Intel has been making chips using the tick tock method for quite a while now. They have been doing this for almost over a decade, but unfortunately the last few tick tocks have not been turning out so well. It seems as if the system has stopped working and breaking down once the Ivy Bridge tick came into play.

Here’s what Sexton had to say about the Haswell tock, which is considered the successor to Ivy Bridge.

“Haswell featured a new architecture, but the performance enhancements were rather mediocre. Intel ran into difficulties with its Broadwell tick as well, which lead to Intel releasing an updated Haswell chip, breaking from the traditional tick-tock cadence.”

The three stage design is similar to the transition from Ivy Bridge to Haswell which can be displayed by the new transistor process node. This transistor process node also known at the 22 nm Ivy Bridge or 14 nm Broadwell will be subsequently followed by a new tick tock. This new tick tock is will be the Skylake of Haswell. At the very of things, the tick tock will be optimized refresh on the same process.

Because of the very hard and challenging developing smaller transistor technology market, the tick tock design scheme had to change.

It can be assumed that that the next improvement in transistor technology will be very hard. Because of this challenge, there is a low chance that Intel will be able to produce a chip smaller than 14nm in the years to come.

Instead, we can expect to see a more optimized Skylake architecture. Although this is also assume, it is almost expected. Intel has yet to determine if the name will remain Skylake, so instead consumers have given it the name “Skylake+” for the time being. Even with all this speculation, it is safe to assume that these 14nm transistors will have the same chipset and sockets.


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