said by ccallana:
30% gains in any product are not reasonable year on year. Especially in a mature market.
And I would venture to say Intel is *not* slowing down on CPU performance - but if you look at the general computing market, for the *vast* majority of users, there is no need for huge jumps in performance. So where the huge volumes are, there is no need to spend a bunch of money to increase basic desktop/laptop CPU performance by huge leaps and bounds. So in the volume products, other areas are likely being focused on. In the performance markets, Workstation, Server, high-end desktop, etc - there is plenty of new horsepower coming.
Keep in mind Intel is a publicly traded company, with a huge advantage in their old market, but is a nobody in the market that most people care about these days - tablets and phones. As a company, they *have* to become a major player in that market, or be moved into irrelevance. So don't be surprised when much of the company's energy is being sent that way - it is vital for the survival of the entire company.
To be honest I didn't expect much of a (CPU) performance increase from Ivy Bridge and I don't expect much of a (CPU) performance increase from Haswell.
Everything you said above is basically what I expected or surmised and I thought I said something similar earlier in the thread.
So no I wouldn't be surprised by a shift in priorities on such products.