Now that Ivy Bridge is here, it's time for Intel to start tearing down Sandy Bridge and directing traffic to its newer architecture. And in fact, that's exactly what the Santa Clara chip maker is reportedly planning to do starting in September, though don't expect Sandy Bridge processors to disappear overnight. Instead, Intel will gradually retire Sandy Bridge while simultaneously pushing its Ivy Bridge platform hot and heavy, especially as the back-to-school season approaches.
Citing sources in the notebook industry, DigiTimes says dual-core Ivy Bridge processors makes it easy for Intel to retire Sandy Bridge, though the chip maker will continue to ship older chips as demand dictates. Meanwhile, 3rd Generation Core processors are already shipping to OEM customers, some of which have already started shipping systems, with many more to follow later this month.
According to DigiTimes, Intel expects to ship over 50 percent more volume of Ivy Bridge processors during the architecture's first two quarters of production in 2012 compared to the first two quarters of production of Sandy Bridge a year ago.