Intel Tick Tock cycle will end soon
Intel has started to use Tick Tock style first in Core 2 “Penryn” processor during the year 2007 and has continued the same scheme until today. But according to current rumour from SemiAccurate, it is expected that Intel will leave Tick Tock style within some years.
The Tick Tock style development model was conceived with the aim of optimizing the development process of Intel microprocessors, while eliminating the risks associated with releasing a new manufacturing process or new micro-architecture.
The approach used by Intel was pretty basic and it never introduces new process on a new architecture and vice versa. Intel never come up with new architectures like Nehalem, Sandy Bridge, and Haswell and minor updates like Westmere, Ivy Bridge, and Broadwell at the same year.
It introduces new process along with the updates and it means that Intel never wishes to give two big potential problems on the same chip. It is remarkable that the whole concept worked out pretty well for Intel until now.
A tick advances manufacturing technology
Every couple of years with tick cycle, Intel introduces advanced manufacturing process technology and delivers micro-architecture with higher performance levels and greater energy efficiency. A few months ago Intel came up with 22nm manufacturing process technology to deliver improved performance and extended battery life.
A tock delivers new micro-architecture
In the tock cycle Intel will come up with big innovation in processor micro-architecture using the manufacturing process technology introduced in previous tick cycle.
The improved micro-architecture will deliver high performance / efficiency as well as improve the functionality and features like hardware-supported video transcoding, encryption/decryption, and so on.
Why should Intel Quit Tick Tock Scheme?
According to SemiAccurate, it is speculated that Intel is supposed to quit Tick Tock style very soon. It is claimed that increasing closeness to the physical limits of silicon, and the increasing costs of the manufacturing process with each miniaturization will force Intel to rethink its chip development scheme.
Intel is expected to debut first Intel microprocessors with 14nm manufacturing process by next year and it remains unclear whether Intel will introduce first 10nm manufacturing process in 2016.