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 Micro​architecture Codenames Release date Processors
8P/4P Server 4P/2P Server/WS Enthusiast/​WS Desktop Mobile Marketing names
Tick 65 nm P6, NetBurst Presler, Cedar Mill, Yonah 2006-01-05 Presler Cedar Mill Yonah
Tock Core Merom[3] 2006-07-27[4] Tigerton Woodcrest
Kentsfield Conroe Merom
Tick 45 nm Penryn 2007-11-11[5] Dunnington Harpertown Yorkfield Wolfdale Penryn
Tock Nehalem Nehalem 2008-11-17[6] Beckton Gainestown Bloomfield Lynnfield Clarksfield
Tick 32 nm Westmere 2010-01-04[7][8] Westmere-EX Westmere-EP Gulftown Clarkdale Arrandale
Tock Sandy Bridge Sandy Bridge 2011-01-09[9] (Skipped)[10] Sandy Bridge-EP Sandy Bridge-E Sandy Bridge Sandy Bridge-M 2nd Generation Intel Core
Tick 22 nm[11] Ivy Bridge 2012-04-29 Ivy Bridge-EX[12] Ivy Bridge-EP[12] Ivy Bridge-E[13] Ivy Bridge Ivy Bridge-M 3rd Generation Intel Core
Tock Haswell Haswell 2013-06-02 Haswell-EX Haswell-EP Haswell-E Haswell-DT[14]
  • Haswell-MB (notebooks)
  • Haswell-LP (ultrabooks)[14]
4th Generation Intel Core
Tick 14 nm[11] Broadwell[15] 2014-09-05 5th Generation Intel Core
Tock Skylake[15] Skylake[15] 2015 6th Generation Intel Core
Tick 10 nm[16] Cannonlake 2017[17]
Tock  ?
Tick 7 nm[16]  ?
Tock  ?
Tick 5 nm[16]  ?
Tock  ?

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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 22nm technology. May 2011
  12. ^ a b
  13. ^ Ivy Bridge-E Delayed Until Second Half of 2013
  14. ^ a b "Leaked specifications of Haswell GT1/GT2/GT3 IGP". Tech News Pedia. 2012-05-20. Retrieved 2014-02-25. 
  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. ^ "Intel to launch 10nm chips in early 2017". January 20, 2015. 'The 10nm chips are expected to be launched early 2017,' said Taha Khalifa, general manager for Intel in the Middle East and North Africa region. 
  18. ^ a b "Intel’s Silvermont Architecture Revealed: Getting Serious About Mobile". AnandTech. 
  19. ^ Hiroshige, Goto. "Intel Products for Tablets & SmartPhones" (PDF). 標準. Impress. 
  20. ^ "Import Data and Price of anniedale". 
  21. ^ "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". 
  22. ^ "Intel Software Development Emulator". 
  23. ^ ""Goldmont"- the sequel to Silvermont Atom?". 
  24. ^ "venkata yelampalli". 

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