December / CES showcase possible
AMD has never really said that it will ship the Zen this year, the company was always cautious about giving the exact date of the launch. We still believe that the desktop version of Zen will get shown late this year, December or at CES, in the first days of next year. Bench-life thinks that the actual shipping will happen in February.
Server follows, then notebook
At the Q and A session after AMD's press conference, company CEO Lisa Su just confirmed that desktop Zen x86 chips are the first products to arrive for consumers. These will be followed by a server lineup, then a notebook lineup.
Another reason for fewer PC sales
While many have pointed to PC sales slumping because they are lasting longer, there are some numbers which suggest that people are not using their desktops so much.
Even if it takes another 25 years
Linux inventor Linus Torvalds has told the world that he has not given up on replacing Windows on the desktop with his glorious creation.
A lot of controversial messaging
There is no doubt that Skylake is rather impressive architecture with a huge focus on mobile. At the same time, the Skylake Core i7 6700K desktop part seems to be the most disconnected product launch Intel did in the last few years.
After 28/32nm comes 14nm Zen line
AMD has an update for investors and this information was supposed to get to them at the financial conference call scheduled for May. It got out a bit earlier than that and gave us some insight into AMD's plans for 2016.
Greenland APU gives it the necessary firepower
AMD mini cores and modular designs backed by HBM graphics and the upcoming Greenland GPU core might be a winning combination for AMD.
IDF 2015 August launch possible
This year's Intel Developers Forum will start in Mid-August, not in mid-September as usual. One possible reason for the change might be the Skylake desktop launch, that is expected at this time.