Intel pushing back Ivy Bridge platform to 2012, reducing semiconductor investment

Intel pushing back Ivy Bridge platform to 2012, reducing semiconductor investment

Summary: As it races to get its Ultrabook platform out to market for the holiday shopping season, Intel is putting the brakes on its Ivy Bridge 22nm chip-manufacturing process. According to DigiTimes, the company has pushed back its plans to introduce the new processors from the fourth quarter to the spring of next year.

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As it races to get its Ultrabook platform out to market for the holiday shopping season, Intel is putting the brakes on its Ivy Bridge 22nm chip-manufacturing process. According to DigiTimes, the company has pushed back its plans to introduce the new processors from the fourth quarter to the spring of next year.

Intel is anticipating slowing PC sales in 2012, and is attempting to reduce costs in response. In addition to extending out the launch date for its next-generation chips, the company may postpone converting one of its plants to 22nm.

Having just released Sandy Bridge this year, Intel has some breathing room before dropping another new chip platform on the market. Desktop Ivy Bridge processors are now due in March, with laptop CPUs on tap for April. Ivy Bridge is the first platform from Intel to use tri-gate transistors that can be stacked vertically to improve performance while substantially reducing power consumption.

Update: Intel contacted me with the following information it wanted to share to clarify the DigiTimes report.

[W]e've said for several months now that we expect to have 22nm Ivy Bridge ready for high-volume production at the end of this year. Beyond that, we haven't said anything on timing for introduction. Additionally, Intel announced in January that we planned to invest $500 million in Fab 14 in Ireland to prepare it for a future technology node. We did not announce which node it would be. However, as of today we're not planning on putting 22 nm into that factory.

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  • RE: Intel pushing back Ivy Bridge platform to 2012, reducing semiconductor investment

    I guess I'll need to wait until next April before I consider updating my 2008 MacBook to a new MacBook Pro Ivy Bridge model. That is, I'll consider that or consider upgrading the Old Girl if SSD's in the 500 GB range fall in price to a reasonable level.
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  • RE: Intel pushing back Ivy Bridge platform to 2012, reducing semiconductor investment

    Awesome, this means my Sandy Bridge MBA will likely stay current even longer. 2012 MBA updates will probably be limited to capacity and speed, rather than an entire architecture upgrade.
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  • Not like Intel. They usually use down turns to widen their lead over

    competitors. Bad move letting others get caught up on stacked silicon when they could be out in the market with it way sooner. Not going to help them with my $. I'll just wait til next year. Booo Intel!
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  • RE: Intel pushing back Ivy Bridge platform to 2012, reducing semiconductor investment

    Wait for official Intel statement DigiTimes sources inside Intel where wrong in the not far past...
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  • RE: Intel pushing back Ivy Bridge platform to 2012, reducing semiconductor investment

    Kari Aakre from Intel PR here. There are several errors in this story that I'd like to correct.

    First, Intel has said that we expect to have our "Ivy Bridge" chips based on our 22nm tri-gate transistor technology ready for high-volume production by the end of 2011. This has not changed. We have not yet given an introduction date for these new processors.

    Also, Intel announced in January that we planned to invest $500 million in Fab 14 in Ireland to prepare it for a future technology node. We did not announce which node it would be. However, as of today we?re not planning on putting 22 nm into that factory.
    Kari Aakre