For about a decade, the way in which Intel released new generations of processors was known and referred to as the Tick-Tock cycle. It’s a two year cycle, with the Tick reducing the size of the die, and the Tock being an optimization year where we see performance improvements and lower power chips, but the die size stays the same.
However, back in mid-2015, Intel admitted that its 10-nanometer technology was in rough shape and wouldn’t go into production at the end of the year as expected. Recentky it went ahead and officially declared “Tick-Tock” dead.
“We expect to lengthen the amount of time we will utilize out 14 [nanometer] and out next-generation 10 [nanometer] process technologies, further optimizing out products and process technologies while meeting the yearly market cadence for product introductions.”
The company even includes a visual aid to contrast the differences between the previous methodology and the current one:
IMAGE CREDIT: INTEL.
Intel says that its third 14-nanometer product, known as Kaby Lake, will have “key performance advancements as compared to [its] 6th generation Core processor family.” The extent of these enhancements is clear, but leaks to the Web suggest enhancements to graphics and media.