Launch schedule of Intel Haswell processors
For many years Intel used "tick-tock" development model to design new generations of microprocessors. In this model, each tick cycle uses new manufacturing process to produce more refined version of existing architecture, and each tock cycle introduces new microarchitecture on existing manufacturing process. The last "tick" was Ivy Bridge micro-architecture, launched less than three months ago. The next "tock" cycle will be Haswell micro-architecture. Haswell processors are going to have a handful of new features, such as AVX 2.0 instructions, better GPU, overclocking improvements, integrated voltage regulator, new low-power states, just to name a few. The processors will utilize new sockets, socket H3 (LGA1150) on desktop, and socket G3 on mobile platform. According to recent roadmaps, that we've seen, Haswell processors will launch in April, although there is a chance that some Haswell products will be available earlier.
Haswell CPUs will have three versions of graphics units: GT1, GT2 and GT3. The GT1 will have the lowest performance from all three, and it will be used only on dual-core chips. Desktop quad-cores will have better GT2 graphics, and quad-core mobile products will come with GT2 or GT3 graphics. Quad-cores desktop and mobile CPUs, equipped with GT2 GPU, will be ready for launch in April 2013. Quad-core mobile CPUs with GT3 graphics, as well as accompanying Lynx Point chipset, will be ready for release in March. Haswell ULT models for consumer market will be released in June - August 2013 time frame. The ULT processors integrate 2 CPU cores, one or two DDR3 memory controller, Lynx Point chipset, and up to GT3 graphics in a single package, and consume no more than 15 Watt on average. At the launch, the ULT CPUs will work with Windows 8. Windows 7 support for these processors will be added in September or October 2013.
Also in 2013, Intel will launch next generation of Xeon E3 products, aimed at single-socket systems. The microprocessors will be branded as E3-1200 v3, and they will be available in the second quarter of the next year.
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