The 22nm Haswell family, which debuted in June 2013, will reportedly get 20 new desktop and mobile models added next month.
Citing its motherboard makers sources in Taiwan, Digitimes claims that the Haswell refresh would be timed with the release of new Intel 9-series chipset-based motherboards, also due out this Spring.
It does make sense. An earlier refresh would give Intel more selling time to the existing flagship family of CPUs, while exposing consumers to newer, potentially more power-friendly chips of the same name. It would be nice to see a more energy-efficient 4775 to replace the 4770 CPU for example.
Chipzilla also needs a buffer to cover for the Broadwell delay which has come about because of a"defect density issue." Broadwell chips, which are built on a newer, smaller 14nm process, are due out later this year. A Haswell refresh could enable Intel push the release to Q4 instead of Q1 which was originally expected.
However the move will not encourage anyone one to upgrade, unless smoke is actually pouring out of the back of their machines. An Intel CPU from the Haswell or Ivy Bridge families will be just as good as anything, that Chipzilla is likely to release in the refresh.