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Intel confirms Ivy Bridge launch delay

Intel confirms Ivy Bridge launch delay

Intel's Ivy Bridge chips are definitely delayed, although the company claims reports of an eight-week slip are inaccurate.

Intel has confirmed that its Ivy Bridge 22nm processors have suffered a slip from their planned April launch, although the company isn't saying why.

According to a report from DigiTimes earlier this month, the delay is due to overstock of the current generation Sandy Bridge parts in the laptop channel. As a result, Intel is believed to be delaying the launch of Ivy Bridge to give its customers chance to deplete soon to be obsolete processor stocks.

Some in the industry believe otherwise, claiming that Intel is suffering yield problems with the new 22nm process size used in Ivy Bridge's construction. The company itself isn't saying either way, only confirming that there is a delay and that it could be June before the first chips start hitting the market.

Confusion appears to be the order of the day inside Intel at present. While Intel vice president Sean Maloney told the Financial Times that the chips would be delayed until June, others in the company have rubbished such claims. Speaking to CNET, Intel media relations manager Jon Carvill explained: 'Reports of an eight-week delay to the Ivy Bridge launch are inaccurate and our schedule has only been impacted by a few weeks.'

Note, however, that there's a distinct lack of a firm timescale in Carvill's statement. With his higher-ups suggesting that an eight-week delay might be on the cards after all, it's not looking good for early adopters eager to see what improvements a process size shrink brings to Intel's processing platforms.

Intel has, however, detailed plans to boost manufacturing volumes once the chips finally start rolling off the production line. Compared to Sandy Bridge over the same period, the company aims to produce 50 per cent more Ivy Bridge units during the first two quarters of production. Whether this will help to alleviate Intel's customers' displeasure with the delay, however, remains to be seen.

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andrew8200m 28th February 2012, 10:47 Quote
Samples are already out for SI and have been for a few weeks.. I shouldn't think it's the switch to 22nm that's causing the issue but as said overstocks on old lines as I know there's loads still out there.
DBA 28th February 2012, 11:10 Quote
so is it just for the laptop line or is it desktop also?
HandMadeAndroid 28th February 2012, 11:52 Quote
Morre 1st world problems, life is getting hard in the west.
Nikumba 28th February 2012, 13:49 Quote
Can old CPU be recycled by Intel? If so offer customers nominal cost to swap they stocks over
l3v1ck 28th February 2012, 15:02 Quote
You can't blame them for getting rid of old stock first, especially when their old stock is still faster then the competition.
Ivoryspike 28th February 2012, 16:24 Quote
I woner if this will have any impact on Nvidia releasing their 6xx series. They could push back and wait along side with Intel or (I hope) bring their release forward as it would be a long time to wait for Ivy bridge. Fingers crossed the latter as we need some competition to bring the prices down.
Ivoryspike 28th February 2012, 16:26 Quote
*wonder .. dammit
TheDarkSide 28th February 2012, 18:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by DBA
so is it just for the laptop line or is it desktop also?

does someone know this answer?
debs3759 28th February 2012, 18:22 Quote
I hope desktop processors aren't affected. I've just sold my 2700K in preparation for the upgrade! Good thing I have more than one reasonable computer :)
Ivoryspike 28th February 2012, 20:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by debs3759
I hope desktop processors aren't affected. I've just sold my 2700K in preparation for the upgrade! Good thing I have more than one reasonable computer :)

From what I have read, desktop will be pushed back from April to May (or later).
debs3759 28th February 2012, 21:35 Quote
At that rate I might have started building my SB Xeon system before I get IB :) Oh well, no loss. I had fun with SB and the 2700K has gone to a nice home where it will be looked after :D
nilesfoundglory 29th February 2012, 14:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by DBA
so is it just for the laptop line or is it desktop also?

Both, according to an engineer I spoke with from a Tier 1 US manufacturer. They say it's yield and validation issues, and their Ivy Bridge desktops won't be available until June.
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Originally Posted by andrew8200m
Samples are already out for SI and have been for a few weeks.. I shouldn't think it's the switch to 22nm that's causing the issue but as said overstocks on old lines as I know there's loads still out there.

Engineering samples mean diddley-squat considering they become available as soon as the first successful wafer is produced. It is the switch to 22nm that's causing the problem. If you think it's overstock of SB, you're obviously not familiar with Intel's sales history of not really giving a damn regarding what's out in the retail channel before springing a new platform on everyone (Intel only recently discontinued a few - not all - 1156 socket processors as well as 775 socket CPUs, so we're talking about chips that have been on the market anywhere from 1-3 years prior to SB and nearly a year since).
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