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Intel may push Ivy Bridge back to June

updated 05:35 am EST, Thu February 16, 2012

Intel rumored delaying Ivy Bridge production ramp

Intel may delay full scale production of its highly anticipated Ivy Bridge processors due to weak PC sales, a result of the slowdown in the global economy. According to Digitimes, Intel is giving PC makers more time to clear their stock, so that Intel in turn can clear its own inventories of Sandy Bridge-based second-generation Core i-series processors. Intel is said to have notified partners that it will delay its production ramp for Ivy Bridge to June, with shipments starting in early April.

While PC vendors were looking to Ivy Bridge to help drive the next round of PC upgrades and boost sagging sales, it won't be until the arrival of Windows 8 that first-tier notebook vendors expect to see a stronger resurgence in sales. In the meantime, they are said to be consigned to seeing the tepid demand continue over the first three quarters of 2012.

The news contrasts with Intel CEO Paul Otellini's claims last October that Ivy Bridge-based PCs would start shipping in the spring. Samples of the chips have also been shipping to manufacturers as early as last November or December. The delay also comes as a surprise given that when Intel launched its Sandy Bridge processors in January of 2011, they were widely available in shipping products soon after.

Ivy Bridge will be the first processor series that Intel has fabricated on a 22nm process. The company claims that its new 3D architecture called Tri-Gate, will boost performance by 37 percent over previous designs. It will also bring with it matching chipsets that will see Intel offer its first native USB 3.0 support as well as a massive, claimed, 70 percent boost in integrated graphics performance.

by MacNN Staff



  1. Zanziboy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Market manipulation

    Apple has been doing quite well with sales and is in desperate need of these new CPUs for their new products. How can delaying full scale production help anyone but Apple's competitors?

  1. Inkling

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Clearing inventory

    Clearing out that inventory of Sandy chips before Ivy is released depends on duping people to buy a device with one chip in May when they could get a better device and chip in June. Such people exist, but they're not likely to be happy and being duped that way.

    A June release would make my life less complicated. When I heard that earlier today that Mountain Lion was coming out this summer, I thought of waiting to upgrade my desktop until the new os ships with it. Since I also want that new Mac to have a Ivy chip, this pair of delays make delay more reasonable.

    It's not the $30 I'd save so much as the warm and fuzzy feeling I'll get from the thought that my new computer contains nothing but Mountain Lion code.

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Bummer -- but yay!

    I had planned to upgrade sooner. A value buyer, I would expect the computer to have headroom for 5 years. Always one to look for an extrinsic reason for the delay, let us use our imaginations. Here is what I think it is: Apple needs time to manufacture enough hi-res screens for the new MacBook Pro refresh. Put it in your savings accounts, boys and girls! July is coming soon!

  1. Droid-Fan

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I like

    Intel Processors.

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