- May 21, 2001
You are correct. Tick-tock only happened a few times at Intel. In the Pentium 4 days there were 4 ticks (Willamette, Northwood, Prescott, Presler). The Atom chips had 3 ticks (Saltwell, Silvermont, Airmont). Haswell had two ticks. Skylake has three.I have a feeling, that we as enthusiast observers, that don't (*well, most of us) actually work in the industry, and what we see as a simple tick-tock on paper, is actually probably a myriad different hectic schedules, and it was probably a massive undertaking to keeping them all aligned, to give us the illusion of the tick-tock working out just fine.
Now we're seeing the reality behind it.
It is a good goal in design to strive for: Make big new features, then refine. Then big new features, then refine. Software often follows that pattern with unstable releases (new features) and then stable releases (bug fixes only). But far too often, you need more than one round of bug fixes in software all while new features are ready to go. So, they just get all jumbled unless you purposely delay great new features just to stick to an arbitrary pattern. The temptation to release things when they are ready rather than delay products just to stick to an arbitrary pattern gets to be too great.