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Exclusive: Leaked Intel boxed CPU roadmap (all slides)

Posted 08 July 2013 20:00 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

A Russian IT distributor has leaked an Intel roadmap of boxed CPUs. The PDF was authored on the first of July by a technical marketing engineer from Intel. The document contains updates on information that was already available on the internet and gives a close look of Intel’s upcoming plans on its  boxed desktop CPUs and platform. For your convenience all slides are available in the gallery below. If you see interesting stuff, please post in our reactions to point it out to others.

A large number of Pentium and Celeron processors get axed, amongst them the G860, G645, G645T, G550T, G555, G645, G630, G620, G622, G870, G860T, G640, G630T, G640T, G550, G540T, G460, G530, and G530T, will be marked “EOL” (end of life).  From its Core i3 “Sandy Bridge” lineup, Core i3-2100, i3-2125, i3-2130, i3-2120T, i3-2102 and Core i5 “Sandy Bridge” series, the i5-2390T gets tagged EOL.

The roadmap also shows that Intel’s first CPUs in a BGA (ball grid array) package should arrive in Q4 2013. They can be considered System-on-chip (SoC) more than CPUs because they are a combined CPU with motherboard chipset. The motherboards with these chips will not allow for replacing the SoC.

The BGA chips will be based on the Bay Trail-D architecture and Intel will make Celeron, Pentium, Haswell Core i5 and i7 CPUs using the BGA technology.

 

ChristineBCW
MyCE Die Hard
Posted on: 08 Jul 13 19:28
One great thing about this roadmap - with all of these processor differentiations, Intel is saying the custom-PC market remains strong.

Because there's no way a name-brand retailer would deliver all of these - they have enough other variables to market - disk type and size, amount of memory, software included. They simply wouldn't bother to market so many CPU incrementals.

So who is Intel thinking buys these? The small OEM houses. "Enthusiasts".

Perhaps "strong" is the wrong word. "The market is strong enough" at least. But like so many others have commented about 3-5 year old hardware, "there really isn't a huge leap forward" in this roadmap either. Maybe the style of the heat-sink is the biggest change.
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TSJnachos117
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 08 Jul 13 23:48
Although most don't need more power, I believe there's always room for at least one more processor design... as long as it doesn't contain any Hollywood BS (e.g. (dis)Trustzone).
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tmc8080
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 09 Jul 13 01:38
Yeah, so who's going to buy $800,$ 900, $1100, and more for the top of the line processors? Even the enthusiast set are getting mighty fatigued with the minimal improvements in parallel processor cores. Most of this improvement does not have practical consumer applications to take advantage of..

What you find is that multi-core (aka parallel processing) is good for crunching numbers real fast.. but for most code laden software there comes a point of diminishing productivity returns which has already been noted by many critics. Until there is a revolution in what we do on desktop & laptop machines, these new shiny processors will see lackluster demand.
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alan1476
Senior Moderator, Software Editor and Head of Promotions
Posted on: 09 Jul 13 14:51
Quote:
Originally Posted by tmc8080
Yeah, so who's going to buy $800,$ 900, $1100, and more for the top of the line processors? Even the enthusiast set are getting mighty fatigued with the minimal improvements in parallel processor cores. Most of this improvement does not have practical consumer applications to take advantage of..

What you find is that multi-core (aka parallel processing) is good for crunching numbers real fast.. but for most code laden software there comes a point of diminishing productivity returns which has already been noted by many critics. Until there is a revolution in what we do on desktop & laptop machines, these new shiny processors will see lackluster demand.
Me, I bought the 3960X for my X79 Sabertooth and I will buy the next iteration also.
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