DigiTimes reports sources at motherboard makers are concerned about the complexity of Intel's many new CPU product lines and the inventory challenges it will create. Intel will have a total of four CPU families for the desktop market in Q2 2015: the existing 22nm Haswell Refresh, the Haswell-E series, and the new 14nm Broadwell and Skylake-S series.
As for motherboard players, in addition to the existing 8- and 9-series chipsets, the next-generation 100-series chipsets will also become available with the Skylake-S processors in the second quarter of 2015 and the players will need to open projects using different sockets including LGA1150, LGA1151 and LGA2011-3, in order to meet all demand, which will create extra work.
For the entry-level desktop market, Intel will release Braswell-based processors to replace existing Bay Trail-D processors.
In the second quarter of 2015, Intel will release the Z170 and H170 for the consumer market and the Q170 and Q150 for the enterprise market. The entry-level H170 will be released to replace the H81 in the third quarter of 2015.