Intel confirms volume production of the chip is delayed due to a “defect issue” that has been resolved.
During an earnings call Intel said that production of its upcoming Broadwell chip had been delayed by a quarter, pushing the 14-nanometer chip’s likely release to 2015.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says the delay is due to a “defect density issue”, which means that Intel wasn’t getting satisfactory yields — usable chips from a production run — during early builds.
Krzanich believes that Intel has fixed the problem, and chalks it up to pains in the “development phase”.
“We have confidence the problem is fixed because we have data it is fixed,” Krzanich is quoted as saying. “This happens sometimes in development phases like this. That’s why we moved it a quarter.”
Speaking to The Register, Krzanich, expanded upon what happened and what Intel is doing to fix the issue.
“What happens is you insert a set of fixes in groups – sometimes six or seven – into a process and run it through and you expect an improvement rate. Occasionally, as you go through, the fixes don’t deliver all of the improvements you expect,” he said. “We’ve gone back now and added additional fixes and now have confidence the problem is fixed because we have data that it is fixed. It happens sometimes in developments like this.”
Krzanich claimed Skylake, the followup to Broadwell, won’t be delayed.
In June, VR-Zone first reported that Broadwell would be delayed despite Intel’s insistence at the time that the chip was on track.