Rumour: Intel Ivy Bridge launch delayed

Written by Iain Farquhar

September 2, 2011 // 2:16 p.m.

Tags: #3d #fab-upgrade #ivy-bridge #rumour #rumour-ivy-bridge-launch-delayed #sandy-bridge #transistor #tri-gate

Intel has reportedly decided to delay the launch of its upcoming Ivy Bridge processors by three months, according to a report from DigiTimes. The delay is apparently the result of estimated demand shrinking compared to Intel's initial expectations.

Intel is said to have made the decision to delay the launch until March 2012. We had previously expected Ivy Bridge to launch in late 2011 or early 2012, possibly at the CES show that occurs in early January.

According to DigiTimes, Intel could also delay the proposed $500 million investment in equipment to upgrade Fab 24 to a 22nm process. ‘Although the investment amount has not yet been changed,' says the site, 'Intel reportedly is considering halting the plans.

As well as the knock-on implications of the fab upgrade, DigiTimes also says that Ivy Bridge laptops will be delayed.’Notebook models with the new platform will start appearing in the channel in April,' says the site, 'to allow a smooth transition between the existing Sandy Bridge platform and the new platform.

Ivy Bridge is a die shrink of Intel's excellent Sandy Bridge design, and is scheduled to be Intel's first chip design to use the company's fancy new 3D Tri-Gate transistors to further boost speed and lower power consumption.

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