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Intel confirms Ivy Bridge delay

by Parm Mann on 27 February 2012, 11:48

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Chip giant Intel has confirmed that the launch of its eagerly-anticipated Ivy Bridge processor has been postponed until June.

Speaking to The Financial Times, Intel executive vice president Sean Maloney implied that the delay was caused by the complexities of Ivy Bridge's 22nm fabrication process.

Potential delays have been widely reported in recent months, with some suggestion that Intel would hold back the launch of Ivy Bridge to allow notebook vendors more time to shift stock based on the company's existing Sandy Bridge architecture.

Intel's decision to put back the arrival of Ivy Bridge suggests that a new range of Core processors for both mobile and desktop platforms could be introduced at June's annual Computex trade show in Taiwan, which runs from June 5 to June 9 in 2012.



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People were doubting me when I suggested this was the case before. I was right it was down to 22NM issues.
Does it also have anything to do with tri-gate transistors? I guess the two go hand-in-hand.
Steve
Does it also have anything to do with tri-gate transistors? I guess the two go hand-in-hand.

Yeah, any new process has new technological hurdles to overcome, trigate is a good example.
Well, some shrinks have been a lot simpler than others. Down at the sizes we're at now though, we have to put more work in to achieve the shrink, so it's getting interesting. It makes it extremely hard for the first adopters to nail it on the first tape.
Steve
Does it also have anything to do with tri-gate transistors? I guess the two go hand-in-hand.

Probably, but then remember Intel followed a different strategy with 32NM. They released the tiny pipecleaner part,ie,the CPU section of the Core i3 and the larger part released was the super expensive and relatively low volume six core Core i7 900 series CPUs.

With Ivy Bridge their whole consumer range is moving over to 22NM.

If you look at previous Intel statements they said that 22NM processors would be shipping in late 2011:

http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/20100915143641_Intel_22nm_Microprocessors_Are_Already_in_Production.html

But what is hilarious,is people were jumping to the conclusion that it was down to AMD,that Intel was delaying Ivy Bridge(if you have a look around on the internet). Considering that Sandy Bridge was pulled forward in release date,there was no reason to think that this was the case. Moreover,Intel has taken yonks to get SB-E released in the six core form let alone the full fat eight core form,as it is a very big CPU. That was on a mature 32NM process. If Intel has process issues, than it is not surprising others are also having issues too.