A Sunday rumor may have limited and contextualized Intel’s reported delay of Ivy Bridge chips. According to VR-Zone, the company still intended to ship desktop and quad-core CPUs on time, and the June delays were mostly kept to dual-core mobile chipsets. Confirming an earlier tip, the new report explains it as a move to clear unsold stock of the existing Sandy Bridge processors, both for unsold PCs, mainly Windows-based, and for raw chips.
Some CPUs might be out in May, both in low-voltage and full-power versions, although the tip didn’t guarantee it. Firms waiting for mobile Core i3 chipsets for cheap notebooks and ultrabooks might be out in the cold till as late as August and September. The delay will hit even desktops, with quad Core i5 arriving in the summer and Core i3 likely coming later.
Neither Intel, nor its partners have directly corroborated any setbacks. Confirmed as true, however, a recent Samsung gaming notebook leak showed that notebook makers have been preparing quad-core Ivy Bridge CPUs. In the near term, no hints have been made at dual-core, though, and official released from Lenovo and others were scheduled more for mid-year.
The staggered launch would demonstrate the impact of such tablets as the iPad on lower-priced notebooks. On Apple and similar rivals, it could still have a ripple effect by pushing back the launches of 13-inch MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs and Mac minis as well as some iMacs.