Intel Tick-Tock

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"Tick-Tock" is a model adopted by chip manufacturer Intel Corporation from 2007 to follow every microarchitectural change with a die shrink of the process technology. Every "tick" represents a shrinking of the process technology of the previous microarchitecture (sometimes introducing new instructions, as with Broadwell, released in late 2014) and every "tock" designates a new microarchitecture.[1] Every year to 18 months, there is expected to be one tick or tock. [2]


Architectural change Fabrication process Microarchitecture Codenames Release date Processors
8P/4P Server 4P/2P Server/WS Enthusiast/WS Desktop Mobile Marketing names
Tick Die shrink 65 nm P6, NetBurst Presler, Cedar Mill, Yonah January 5, 2006 Presler Cedar Mill Yonah
Tock New microarchitecture Core Merom[3] July 27, 2006[4] Tigerton Woodcrest
Kentsfield Conroe Merom
Tick Die shrink 45 nm Penryn November 11, 2007[5] Dunnington Harpertown Yorkfield Wolfdale Penryn
Tock New microarchitecture Nehalem Nehalem November 17, 2008[6] Beckton Gainestown Bloomfield Lynnfield Clarksfield
Tick Die shrink 32 nm Westmere January 4, 2010[7][8] Westmere-EX Westmere-EP Gulftown Clarkdale Arrandale
Tock New microarchitecture Sandy Bridge Sandy Bridge January 9, 2011[9] (Skipped)[10] Sandy Bridge-EP Sandy Bridge-E Sandy Bridge Sandy Bridge-M
Tick Die shrink 22 nm Ivy Bridge April 29, 2012 Ivy Bridge-EX[11] Ivy Bridge-EP[11] Ivy Bridge-E[12] Ivy Bridge Ivy Bridge-M
Tock New microarchitecture Haswell Haswell June 2, 2013 Haswell-EX Haswell-EP Haswell-E Haswell-DT[13]
  • Haswell-MB (notebooks)
  • Haswell-LP (ultrabooks)[13]
Tick Die shrink 14 nm[14] Broadwell[15] September 5, 2014
Tock New microarchitecture Skylake[15] Skylake[15] 2015
Tick Die shrink 10 nm[16] Cannonlake 2016
Tock New microarchitecture 2017
Tick Die shrink 7 nm[16] 2018
Tock New microarchitecture 2019
Tick Die shrink 5 nm[16] 2020
Tock New microarchitecture 2021

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  1. ^ Intel Tick-Tock Model
  2. ^ Compare: "Intel Tick-Tock Model". Intel. Intel Corporation. Retrieved 2014-11-02. A yearly product cadence moves the industry forward in a predictable fashion that can be planned in advance. 
  3. ^ Crothers, Brooke (2009-02-10). "Intel moves up rollout of new chips | Nanotech - The Circuits Blog - CNET News". Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  4. ^ Intel CEO: Latest Platforms, Processors Form New Foundations For Digital Entertainment And Wireless Computing, Intel Unveils World's Best Processor
  5. ^ Intel Unveils 16 Next-Generation Processors, Including First Notebook Chips Built on 45nm Technology
  6. ^ Intel Launches Fastest Processor on the Planet
  7. ^
  8. ^ Revolutionizing How We Use Technology—Today and Beyond
  9. ^ Intel Sandy Bridge chip coming January 5
  10. ^ Intel Ivy Bridge CPU Range Complete by Next Year
  11. ^ a b
  12. ^ Ivy Bridge-E Delayed Until Second Half of 2013
  13. ^ a b "Leaked specifications of Haswell GT1/GT2/GT3 IGP". Tech News Pedia. 2012-05-20. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  14. ^
  15. ^ a b c After Intel's Haswell comes Broadwell - SemiAccurate
  16. ^ a b c "Intel currently developing 14nm, aiming towards 5nm chips - CPU - News". 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  17. ^ a b "Intel’s Silvermont Architecture Revealed: Getting Serious About Mobile". AnandTech. 
  18. ^ Hiroshige, Goto. "Intel Products for Tablets & SmartPhones". 標準. Impress. 
  19. ^ "Import Data and Price of anniedale". 
  20. ^ "アウトオブオーダーと最新プロセスを採用する今後のAtom". 
  21. ^ "Intel Software Development Emulator". 
  22. ^ ""Goldmont"- the sequel to Silvermont Atom?". 
  23. ^ "venkata yelampalli". 

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