We've never been so confused about a processor launch date as we are now. Actually, it's Intel that appears the most confuzzled over when exactly Ivy Bridge will make its official debut, as conflicting and incomplete reports continue to surface. The latest we're hearing is that Ivy Bridge is definitely being delayed until June, but let's back up a moment and see if we can make some sense of it all.
News of an Ivy Bridge delay first surfaced a couple of weeks ago when DigiTimes reported it was hearing that Intel was intentionally pushing back Ivy Bridge's launch so OEMs could clear out inventory of Sandy Bridge systems, not to mention giving itself a chance to unload its own stockpile of Sandy Bridge chips. It was said that Intel would launch a few Ivy Bridge processors in early April, as planned, but that mass shipments wouldn't take place until summer.
A follow-up report a week later suggested that DigiTimes was only half correct. The real situation, as reported by VR-Zone , is that Intel only planned to delay dual-core mobile chips built around Ivy Bridge, for reasons listed above. Desktop and quad-core parts would launch as scheduled, or at least that's where we last left off.
Fast forward to today and things aren't looking so rosy...again. Sean Maloney, executive vice president of Intel and chairman of Intel China, has apparently confirmed Ivy Bridge is being delayed until June, the Financial Times reports .
"I think maybe it's June now," Malone is quoted as saying in an interview.
Maloney blamed the delay on the new manufacturing process and said it had nothing to do with a lack of demand. What's not so clear, however, is whether previous reports stating the delay only applies to dual-core mobile parts are correct, though FT (and Maloney) make it sound like all of Ivy Bridge is being put on hold until summer.