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] Starting 2014 Intel realized "Refresh" cycles after a tock in form of a smaller update to the microarchitecture. It's said this is done because of the expanding times to the next tick.[citation needed]

The model was cited by TechCrunch in a review of Apple’s iPhone 6S and Apple’s iPhone 6S Plus, saying the model consists of a "major change in a product followed by a refinement of that product."[3]

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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. ^ "Review: Apple’s iPhone 6s And 6s Plus Go ‘Tick’". TechCrunch. 22 September 2015. Retrieved 2015-09-24. Popularized by chip maker Intel, ‘tick tock development’ has come to refer to a major change in a product followed by a refinement of that product. 

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