Market watchers originally expected Intel and AMD to launch their new CPU platforms in the third and fourth quarter, respectively, to help boost PC demand in the second half, but both CPU makers have recently postponed their launch schedules to January 2017 at CES 2017 since the upstream supply chain still has serious inventory issues, and market demand has been slow.
Intel's Kaby Lake platform was originally scheduled to launch at the end of the third quarter and AMD's Zen architecture in the fourth. Related brand vendors have been aggressively clearing their inventory of older-generation models and preparing for the new products since May, but will need to delay the plans as both CPU makers have postponed their launches.
Since most vendors still have Skylake and Haswell-based inventory waiting to be digested, while the Kaby Lake architecture does not feature any major improvements from the previous-generation architectures, Intel is not in a hurry to release Kaby Lake-based CPUs until early 2017.
AMD's Zen architecture is produced by Globalfoundries' 14nm process and chipsets are designed by Taiwan-based players. However, the platform is also expected to be delayed until January 2017.
With the delays, the PC supply chain will not be able to begin mass production for the next-generation products until November or December and PC demand is also unlikely to pick up until the first quarter of 2017.
AMD said the Computex 2016 , Zen is a runnable sample from the factory back , now is the final optimization of the series. Depending on the scope of these actions follows sometimes even a Revision- or Stepping update the CPU to the mass production starts, by up to a quarter of it usually takes a few weeks to a bigger number of trade is available. Therefore, the to early 2017 pending six months is a very short window, AMD told a conference last winter , even a metal staple to Troubleshooting, and optimization of a processor can quickly take two months to complete.
According to DigiTimes and ComputerBase, Zen and (desktop) Kabylake are now 2017 products.
#June 8th Update:
Fudzilla (about Kabylake-S) said:The desktop CPUs are expected in Q4 2016 which is quite late to the game, but better late than never.
#August 7th Update: