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Rumored Ivy Bridge Production Woes, Intel Denies Shortages

By - Source: Digitimes | B 38 comments

Today's Intel Ivy Bridge launch has been accompanied by rumors that production issues may be responsible for a very limited supply of processors initially.

An article published by Digitimes claims that the shortage will be severe enough that Intel will not be able to "satisfy downstream PC vendors' strong demand."

The supply situation could ease in May and June when Intel will launch an addition 13 processor models. Intel launched 14 22nm Ivy Bridge processors today, nine i5 and versions, as well as five mobile CPUs, including the i7-3920XM Extreme Edition flagship. Intel was quick to label the report as false and stated that consumers can expect plenty of supply right out of the gate. Spokespeople referred to statements made by chief executive Paul Otellini and chief financial officer Stacy Smith during the Q1 conference call.

Smith said that the 22 nm yield curve is "consistent with expectations" and processor production is ramped in three different fabs. Intel expects greater production volume than with 32 nm as that process was only scaled up from two fabs initially. However, the company admitted that the launch of Ivy Bridge was delayed by three weeks "to make sure that there was enough inventory in the pipeline." In terms of supply, CEO Paul Otellini added that the first batch of Ivy bridge processors are only quad-cores and the "bulk of those are going into desktops."

Otellini noted that Ivy Bridge will be Intel's "fastest ramping product ever, comprising nearly 1/4 of our microprocessor volume in Q2 alone and crossing over 50% of [Intel's] microprocessor shipments this fall."

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    whitey_rolls , April 24, 2012 1:21 AM
    There won't be any shortages because they won't be a hot product, based on the benchmarks they really aren't much better than SB and they are hotter.
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2012 1:27 AM
    frozonici havent seen the temperature charts but using the same CPU cooler i really doubt they are hotter, they have a smaller fabrication process and lower power consumption.... doesnt that mean that they are cooler?

    Check this out
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5763/undervolting-and-overclocking-on-ivy-bridge
    Part of the reason they're as hot or even hotter is because the chip has been shrunk to a smaller area meaning less area to dissipate heat.
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2012 1:15 AM
    ok thats all good, but where can i get one
    ive been holding off on building a new computer for 4 months for this cpu
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  • 17 Hide
    whitey_rolls , April 24, 2012 1:21 AM
    There won't be any shortages because they won't be a hot product, based on the benchmarks they really aren't much better than SB and they are hotter.
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    Anonymous , April 24, 2012 1:27 AM
    frozonici havent seen the temperature charts but using the same CPU cooler i really doubt they are hotter, they have a smaller fabrication process and lower power consumption.... doesnt that mean that they are cooler?

    Check this out
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5763/undervolting-and-overclocking-on-ivy-bridge
    Part of the reason they're as hot or even hotter is because the chip has been shrunk to a smaller area meaning less area to dissipate heat.
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    ttg_Avenged , April 24, 2012 1:56 AM
    NOOO! *Craaaai* I just built my 2200$ dream machine... Puncha baby.
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    amuffin , April 24, 2012 2:07 AM
    Quote:
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    i7-3920XM Extreme Edition flagship
    intel fu#ks their uneducated laptop costumer with those names, all they do is trow a higher number and the letter "X" and that makes it "Extreme" so dummys with no knowledge pay 500$ more for their laptops and all they get is "Extremely ripped" by an "Extreme" 100Mhz boost in their CPUs....

    Well, this isn't true. :pfff:  The extreme edition features an unlocked multiplier which allows overclocking. That's why some of the higher end laptops with much better cooling allows 4ghz laptops :)  For an example, that new alienware with liquid cooling would allow a 4ghz overclock easily, not that I would ever get an alienware...I just don't like people stating/assuming and spreading wrong information!
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    confish21 , April 24, 2012 2:20 AM
    Rumors... Monica Chen (digitimes) just coughs this up? Just lame reporting.
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    halcyon , April 24, 2012 2:28 AM
    sonofliberty08Ivy sounds like an intel version of bulldozer

    That was harsh.

    Ivy Bridge is a good chip family. To insinuate that it's a failure is a little pre-mature.
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    aftcomet , April 24, 2012 2:37 AM
    I'm okay with the delay. My i3-2120 Sandybridge still kicks major ass.
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    thety6on , April 24, 2012 3:04 AM
    I'm still holding out for Haswell. Crossing my fingers and hoping for the best!
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    Darkerson , April 24, 2012 3:41 AM
    Although I really wanted to try and hold out for Ivy Bridge, I'm glad I pulled the trigger on Sandy Bridge, now that the reviews have been released.
    I ended up getting a 2500k that runs at 5Ghz on 1.35v (CM Hyper 212+, Max temp 62c)
    Hopefully it will be a while before I need to upgrade :p 
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    jkflipflop98 , April 24, 2012 3:45 AM
    bear95Check this outhttp://www.anandtech.com/show/5763 [...] ivy-bridgePart of the reason they're as hot or even hotter is because the chip has been shrunk to a smaller area meaning less area to dissipate heat.


    You (and the 4 people that "liked" that comment) have no idea what you're talking about.
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    iceman1992 , April 24, 2012 4:39 AM
    what i don't understand is, why is it hotter? i thought lower TDP meant less heat?
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    SteelCity1981 , April 24, 2012 4:44 AM
    frozonicIvy bridge might not be a real "Upgrade" from sandy bridge, but it is at least 5-8% faster than current SB cpus and it a smaller litography, less power cosumption, integrated PCI E 3.0 and maybe more overclocking room, and for the same price as older SB it is a nice "update", altough i wasnt worth the wait IB is good for someone looking to build a pc from now on. anyways, its newer technology



    Actually no. Sandy Bridge is better at overclocking then Ivy Bridge is, just read Tom's review on the 3770k.

    At least 5% to 8% better isn't worth 300 dollars for an upgrade, you're completely wasting your money upgrading to Ivy Bridge clock for clock if you already have a Sandy Bridge cpu.

    As for PCI-E 3.0 no single graphics card yet aren't close to passing the bandwidth of PCI-E 2.0 limit, even the highend latest graphics cards in a corssfire setup can't aren't able to go past PCI-E 2.0's bandwidth limit. You would need something on the lines of a triple crossfire config with 3 highend graphics cards to be able to finally get over PCI-E 2.0's bandwidth limit and for 99% of pc gamers out there that doesn't have 6 grand or so to throw around on an exotic gaming pc system to have such specs then PCI-E 3.0 at this point is more marketing gimmick then anything that the actual gamer can't truly take advantage of.
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    frostyfireball , April 24, 2012 5:07 AM
    This whole IB being only a minor improvement overall, if graphics are ignored, is a great opportunity for AMD to get something halfway competitive with Piledriver. Hopefully it turns out properly and we get another Phenom -> PhenomII upgrade.
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    razor512 , April 24, 2012 5:47 AM
    ivy bridge uses less power to while offering slightly more performance, this means that most of the performance boost will happen on the mobile side, as they can do a 30- 50% performance across the board and still stay within the same TDP
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    ismaeljrp , April 24, 2012 6:47 AM
    bear95Check this outhttp://www.anandtech.com/show/5763 [...] ivy-bridgePart of the reason they're as hot or even hotter is because the chip has been shrunk to a smaller area meaning less area to dissipate heat.


    They are hotter in relation to voltage applied.
    Meaning, a 1.3v IB is much hotter than a 1.3v SB.

    The thing people are missing is, IB does not need as much voltage as SB to achieve the same overclock.

    a 1.1v IB is 4.5ghz..... with SB you need at least 1.3v to achieve that.

    Therefore all this worry about IB running hot is absolute nonsense.

    What is getting some enthusiast upset, is that it has a low ceiling for overclocking.
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    ismaeljrp , April 24, 2012 6:51 AM
    frostyfireballThis whole IB being only a minor improvement overall, if graphics are ignored, is a great opportunity for AMD to get something halfway competitive with Piledriver. Hopefully it turns out properly and we get another Phenom -> PhenomII upgrade.


    Yes I really hope we do see that type of improvement. Phenom II was awesomely competetive...Problem was they dragged it on for far too long instead of making a new architecture earlier. Now , they're back to playing catchup, after looking like they were already catching up when they released PH II
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    dreadlokz , April 24, 2012 8:04 AM
    shortage = more money! Intel don't want your money ;p
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    Darkerson , April 24, 2012 9:41 AM
    ismaeljrpa 1.1v IB is 4.5ghz..... with SB you need at least 1.3v to achieve that.



    Silicon Lottery. Some require more, some require less. Mine runs fine @ 4.5Ghz with only 1.25v.
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