It's looking as though Intel's initial Ivy Bridge roll out might end being mostly a paper launch with just a small volume of processors being made available in early April. If that's the case, you can expect what little stock is put out there to sell out quick, possibly at inflated prices, especially in the second-hand market (places like eBay and Craigslist, for example).
DigiTimes claims to have heard from its sources that Intel won't begin mass shipping Ivy Bridge processors until sometime after June, and supposedly the Santa Clara chip maker has already made its hardware partners aware of this.
Even more frustrating is that this is reportedly an intentional delay. DigiTimes says notebook vendors are having trouble clearing their existing stock of Sandy Bridge notebooks, while Intel has a surplus of Sandy Bridge chips it wants to unload. So, the decision was made to delay Ivy Bridge, at least in full force, to minimize the impact.
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