While Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge processors remain the immediate focus of the world, the Santa Clara-based chip maker is already laying the groundwork for the coming of Ivy Bridge, the 22nm die shrink of Sandy Bridge expected to hit the market in late 2011 or early 2012. Ivy Bridge processors will be fabricated at four of Intel's plants in Oregon and Arizona. However, a Digitimes report suggests that Intel might outsource the production of Ivy Bridge's chipset consort.
According to the report, which cites anonymous industry sources, Intel plans to outsource the production of Ivy Bridge-compatible Panther Point chipsets to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacture Company (TSMC) in order to lower production costs. The lowered cost will help Intel compete with AMD's affordable Fusion APUs (Accelerated Processing Unit).