There's been a lot of delaying going on in the industry lately. NVidia and AMD have both pushed back launches (Maxwell, Titan Z) on the GPU side, Intel pushed back X99 / HW-E to 3Q14, and even delayed Broadwell into "4Q14 or 1Q15." All of these delays are attributable to fabrication process changes that are sweeping the semiconductor industry right now; we're shrinking the process to a point that it's small enough that new engineering hurdles have arisen -- good news for innovation, but bad for the impatient.
Just recently, though, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich definitively commented on the matter of a Broadwell release date.
In an interview with Reuters at Maker Faire, Krzanich guaranteed "for holiday, and not the last second of holiday," referring to the Xmas season sales. Krzanich noted that sales in time for the "back to school" season would be unlikely.
The Broadwell architecture will be usable on the already-shipping Z97 platform, which we've compared with H97 over here. Several Z97 motherboards can be found in our round-up.
- Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke.