Mass shipments of Intel Ivy Bridge processors are not expected until after June, DigiTimes reports.
Ivy Bridge chips for laptops and desktops will be still announced in early April, followed by small volume shipments of these 22-nanometer CPUs, according to the Taiwanese website.
“Because most first-tier notebook vendors are having trouble digesting their Sandy Bridge notebook inventories due to the weak global economy, while Intel is also troubled by its Sandy Bridge processor inventory, the CPU giant plans to delay mass shipments of the new processors to minimize the impact”, DigiTimes’ sources said.
However, we don’t find this delay too long or unusual, because the similar pattern occurred with previous laptop platform launches. Intel usually releases a couple of high-end processors from the new lineup first, and that’s followed by availability of mainstream and lower-end chips after a month or two. If DigiTimes’ sources are correct, we can expect high-performance Ivy Bridge laptops like the Samsung 7 NP700G7C and Asus G75 & G55 to hit the market sometime in April, while updated mainstream notebooks such as the HP Pavilion G series, Dell Inspiron, or Toshiba Satellite could hit stores in summer.