Intel Ivy Bridge CPU shipments might be delayed
Without a doubt, just about everyone’s eagerly waiting for Intel to finally go official with its forthcoming Ivy Bridge processors, but it seems that, although the company might respect the official launch schedule, the actual shipments migh
t be delayed.
Although up until now, PC shipments have not recorded a major drop, despite of the ongoing world economic crisis, it seems that the real-life economy has finally caught up, with less and less people affording to purchase a new desktop or laptop unit.
In fact, one of the reasons why the Intel Ivy Bridge CPUs might be delayed is related directly to the sales of Sandy Bridge-equipped systems. The slow-down of global economy has led to many manufacturers still having some serious stocks of systems (either portable or less so) featuring the current-generation Intel processors, and it’s likely that they’re not ready to jump to an entire new architecture before clearing-out their inventories.
Plus, it’s likely that PC sales won’t see a significant rise until the launch of the new operating system from Microsoft, Windows 8, set for the fall of 2012.
Moreover, it seems that Intel has some problems of its own making enough Ivy Bridge parts, yet another reason to postpone mass shipment, the rumors coming from notebook manufacturers pegging a small volume release for April, and a wider availability for June 2012.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether this information is accurate or not, but I guess that we’ll have to wait for a couple more months in order to really see what’s what (sadly, if the shipments are delayed, this also means that the notebooks built around this platform will take a lot longer to get to the market).