Moore’s Law slows and so does Intel, adding a third 14-nm ‘Kaby Lake’ chip to roadmap

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Intel said Wednesday that it will add a third 14-nm microprocessor, Kaby Lake, to its roadmap, disrupting the steady tick-tock pace of the PC market as Moore’s Law slows down.

For Intel and the PC industry, adding Kaby Lake to the roadmap is a bombshell. Every two years like clockwork, Intel has released two products: a version of an older chip on a more advanced manufacturing process, followed by a brand-new processor design on the same manufacturing node.

That cadence, which Intel refers to as its “tick tock” manufacturing strategy, was upended on Wednesday when Intel said that it would add the Kaby Lake chip to follow the Skylake chip that Intel will launch this fall. Intel’s shift to the next-generation 10-nm process will now take place in the second half of 2017, roughly 2.5 years after Intel moved from the 14-nm node.

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