PC sales may get impacted in the second-half of the year with Intel reportedly delaying the launch of its Intel Skylake processors.
Intel has reportedly postponed the release of the 14nm Skylake desktop CPUs and corresponding 100-series chip sets. The delay from Intel could have a negative impact on the PCs sales, which was showing some signs of stabilization.
Intel Skylake – Delay creating a ripple effect
Citing sources within the Taiwan’s motherboard industry, a report from Digitimes informs that Intel has conveyed to the motherboard partners that now the chips will come by the end of the August instead of the earlier scheduled launch by the second-quarter of 2015.
As per the report, the delay will impact the production cycle of the PC makers along with the shipment plans for Haswell Refresh and Broadwell-U series products. Also, the development of Broadwell models with a TDP of 65W could get affected with the delay.
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The delay will create a sort of a domino effect, making it almost impossible for the PC makers to showcase Skylake-based models at the Computex 2015 in Taipei. Such a delay would eventually impact the PC sales in the second-half of the year, says the report citing the source.
The exact reason for the delay of the chips by Intel is not known, but the report says, the chip maker might have delayed the launch of Skylake processors primarily to avoid the overlapping sales with its earlier products.
It must be noted that Intel never informed even about the launch in the second-quarter. The information of the launch was taken from a leaked slide that showed the release for both Skylake-U (mobile) and Skylake-S (desktop) at the end of the second-quarter.
Intel Skylake – Intel expanding IoT operations
Separately, to push its effort in the growing Internet of Things business sector, Intel earlier this month acquired chip designer Lantiq, who creates systems-on-a-chip and other similar technologies for the network products. With the acquisition, Intel will be hoping to bring in larger range of connectivity solutions to the market. Following the acquisition, Intel will be able to use over 200 Lantiq patents, including some for xDSL connections, 1Gbps G.fast lines over copper cables, fiber to the distribution point, Ethernet, voice, network processors, and more.
In recent times, Intel has been focusing on the Internet of Things with an objective to install its low-powered chips in sensors and wearables. Last year, the chipmaker launched its IoT platform to monetize the segment.