It may be fair to say that Intel has been taking a beating in the arena of industry opinion. Between the issues with its 6th generation Skylake processor and the recent announcements of its two largest software partners in Apple and Microsoft experimenting with ARM-based architectures powering desktop operating systems, Intel seems to be having a rough go as of late.
Perhaps, in response to the head spinning headlines, Intel has decided to ramp up the release date of its 8th generation Core CPU offering called Coffee Lake. According to a report from Ars Technica, Intel's Coffee Lake processor will be released in the second half of 2017 rather than its previous product road mapped launch period of 2018.
"At its Investor Day event last week, Intel confirmed that its 8th-gen chips will once again be based on a 14nm process, much like Broadwell, Skylake, and Kaby Lake before it. The first Broadwell chips were released way back in 2014."
Beyond an updated release date, partnering manufacturers can look forward to promised "15 percent jump int performance versus Kaby Lake."
Kaby Lake is also rumored to include a six-core CPU for a range of products and while that may see some excitement from power users, it remains to be seen if Intel can drum up the same level of excitement that has been accompanying ARM development these days.
Needless to say, Intel may need a few home run headlines out of its Coffee Lake release later this year to stem the recent ARM tide.