Speaking to Reuters, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich narrowed down the launch window of the Broadwell processor. The new chip will not arrive in time for the back-to-school shopping season but Krzanich promised PCs with Broadwell will be available on retail shelves in time for the end-of-year holidays.
The timing of new chip rollouts is important to Intel and manufacturers looking to sell new PCs with better battery life and higher speeds.
"I can guarantee for holiday, and not at the last second of holiday," Krzanich said in an interview. "Back to school - that's a tight one. Back to school you have to really have it on-shelf in July, August. That's going to be tough."
Krzanich's comments were more precise than during Intel's most recent quarterly conference call with analysts in April. On that call, he said he expected Intel's customers to launch Broadwell-based products in the second half of 2014.