Tick-Tock is a processor development strategy used by Intel between 2007 to 2016.

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    With Intel’s Tick-Tock strategy, the process technology was shrunk for every “tick” and the architecture was redesigned for every “tock”. This meant that using the Tick-Tock processor development strategy, Intel would release two processors on every process node. Intel abandoned the PAO (Process-Architecture-Optimization) development strategy in 2016 when they began having trouble shrinking their processor node beyond 14nm FinFET.

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