The Tick-Tock Model Through the Years

Manufacturing Process Technology

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Following this model, Intel introduced continued innovations in manufacturing process technology and processor microarchitecture through “tick” and “tock” cycles.

A Tick Advances Manufacturing Technology

In every "tick" cycle, Intel introduced advanced manufacturing process technology to help deliver the expected benefits of Moore’s Law to users.

A Tock Delivers New Microarchitecture

In every “tock” cycle, Intel introduced manufacturing process technologies to introduce the next big innovation in processor microarchitecture. Intel® microarchitecture advancements seek to improve energy efficiency and performance as well as functionality and density of features such as hardware-supported video transcoding, encryption/decryption, and other integrated capabilities.

Investing in the Industry

Thousands of vendors depend on Intel® processors for product development. To help them forge ahead with new product advancements, Intel invests heavily in research that drives innovations at the silicon level and establishes new, industry-wide standards. Combined with the vision of Intel’s tick-tock model, these efforts help promote faster, more efficient innovation throughout the industry.

Tick tock is a powerful design and manufacturing model, but the next era of computing brings with it new, complex product development demands. The incredible growth in data produced at the edge, data which must be processed, stored, and moved is driving the need to have a broader, more holistic innovation model. Intel’s goal is to introduce leadership products at a predictable cadence for each segment, by optimizing improvements across process, packaging, architecture, and platform capabilities.

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