Intel may delay Ivy Bridge launch by a few months

first_imgThere’s a rumor swirling about that may upset a few people planning on a PC upgrade in early 2012. Intel is apparently considering putting back the release of its Ivy Bridge platform.The move to Ivy Bridge chips and chipset is a significant one because it introduces a number of desirable features as well as shrinking the Core chip die to 22nm. Ivy Bridge also holds the promise of Intel’s new 3D tri-gate transistors, support for PCI Express 3.0, integration of USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt support, and a GPU update to better support DirectX 11, OpenGL 3.1, and OpenCL 1.1.The suggestion of a delay comes via Wall Street where Barclays Capital’s C.J. Muse has stated Intel may have decided against upgrading its Fab 24 chip factory in Ireland to handle 22nm production. What he doesn’t say is if Intel is upgrading another Fab instead, or just not performing the upgrade at Fab 24 in the existing scheduled time, meaning just a delay.Another view comes from Timothy Arcuri of Citigroup who suggested Fab 24 won’t be used for 22nm, but instead will upgrade from its current 65nm to 14nm or even 10nm in the future. A 14nm upgrade would need to be carried out in time for the expected release of such chips in 2014.With samples of Ivy Bridge originally expected before the end of 2011, and the new chips appearing in March/April 2012, it seems like a decision to change factories now would definitely cause a delay.As to why such a decision would be taken, it’s being suggested Intel wants to save some money, and delaying the upgrade by a quarter would certainly do that. If that’s the case, then samples probably won’t appear until March 2012, with the launch pushed back to around June.At the moment this is all rumor and speculation, but Intel is expected to announce something officially by the end of next week, so we don’t have too long to wait.Read more at Thinq and DigiTimeslast_img read more

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