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Intel to Sell Ivy Bridge Late in Q4 2011

By - Source: Intel Q3 Earnings Call | B 74 comments

CEO Paul Otellini confirmed that Ivy Bridge 22 nm processor volume production has already begun, which is a rather significant achievement as there have been apparently no major hiccups in the implementation of its 3D transistor technology. There has always been the question how Intel defines "volume", but vice president Mooly Eden told me years ago that Intel would only consider a production process volume production if it affects "millions" of processors.

Intel also stated that Ivy bridge is on target for a late Q4 "qualification for sale", which means that Intel will be begin shipping final products to its customers in the second half of the quarter. This will allow Intel to maintain its tick-tock cadence and keep the claim that a production shrink has been introduced in yet another uneven year (and so that it can state that its 22 nm chips were released in 2011). Of course, that does not mean that you will be able to buy those chips in 2011. According to Otellini, first Ivy Bridge systems should become available in Spring 2012. As Ivy Bridge is introduced and ramping up, Intel expects that its profit margins will improve as well.

Sandy Bridge has, despite an initial hiccup, worked out well for Intel. The company is on track to report $55 billion of revenue for 2011, up more than $11 billion over 2010.

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    proxy711 , October 20, 2011 12:39 AM
    AbdullahGYES!!! THANK YOU!!! I CAN FINALLY BUILD MY FIRST GAMING/3D RENDERING PC NEXT YEAR!!!

    Fixed.
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    Haserath , October 20, 2011 1:16 AM
    JohnnyLuckybillions and billions and billions of dollars in revenue. How about a price reduction!!!

    Revenue is different than profit.

    A company could have $500 Trillion in revenue, but only make $1 billion profit(actual income).

    Not saying that Intel's profit is something to sneeze at though. ;) 
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    phatbuddha79 , October 20, 2011 12:02 AM
    *rubs hands* can't wait especially after the fail that was BD!!
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    phatbuddha79 , October 20, 2011 12:02 AM
    *rubs hands* can't wait especially after the fail that was BD!!
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    amk-aka-Phantom , October 20, 2011 12:18 AM
    Good to see they put Gruener to do some PC hardware news instead... I bet he's really pissed off writing about actual useful tech instead of toys :kaola:  Too bad we won't see Ivy Bridge till spring 2012, it would be a real kick in the a$$ for AMD to have IB released right after BD fail.

    No point to upgrade until there's something more demanding, so my i7-2600 will do good in gaming for a while more; but I'll be sure to use Ivy Bridge in all the 2012 builds I'll be asked to do!
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    Darkerson , October 20, 2011 12:22 AM
    I was going to build a Sandy Bridge based system at tax time, but I guess I'll be going with Ivy Bridge instead, unless the price is prohibitive in comparison. Still going to feel weird. I havent had an Intel based CPU since my old 1.5Ghz Pentium 4.
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    proxy711 , October 20, 2011 12:39 AM
    AbdullahGYES!!! THANK YOU!!! I CAN FINALLY BUILD MY FIRST GAMING/3D RENDERING PC NEXT YEAR!!!

    Fixed.
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    AbdullahG , October 20, 2011 12:39 AM
    Quote:
    Of course, that does not mean that you will be able to buy those chips in 2011.


    Never mind...:( 
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    AbdullahG , October 20, 2011 12:41 AM
    Proxy711Fixed.

    Thanks, I just realized that after looking at the article again. Oh well, at least they were qualified to sell Ivy ASAP.
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    JohnnyLucky , October 20, 2011 12:50 AM
    billions and billions and billions of dollars in revenue. How about a price reduction!!!
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    BlackHawk91 , October 20, 2011 12:52 AM
    I can't wait anymore, I think I'd get sandy bridge now and wait till Haswell/Piledriver.
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    Haserath , October 20, 2011 1:16 AM
    JohnnyLuckybillions and billions and billions of dollars in revenue. How about a price reduction!!!

    Revenue is different than profit.

    A company could have $500 Trillion in revenue, but only make $1 billion profit(actual income).

    Not saying that Intel's profit is something to sneeze at though. ;) 
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    jryan388 , October 20, 2011 1:20 AM
    Darn... Just bought a SB 2500k yesterday... Might have waited...
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    bustapr , October 20, 2011 1:21 AM
    so, billions and billions and billions of dollars in profit. How about a price reduction!!!!
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    ben850 , October 20, 2011 1:28 AM
    My tower is ready.
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    bb33 , October 20, 2011 1:52 AM
    It sucks for AMD and may hurt the consumer in the long run, that as soon as BD came out AMD fell further behind Intel.
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    stonedatheist , October 20, 2011 1:56 AM
    I don't care what anybody says, I'm going to be getting a 3930k SB-E instead of waiting for IB. I may even drop in an IB-E CPU later on down the line :) 
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    MAC_HATER , October 20, 2011 2:01 AM
    awesome - i should have my budget for a machine rebuild sorted about then - should be a good jump going from a 1st gen Core2Quad to Ivy bridge :D 
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    Anonymous , October 20, 2011 2:23 AM
    Me want!!! This isn't just a tok either. Video encoding is improved, it will also take the faster DDRIII memory now (validated), and of course the GPU improvements. Not to mention it will use a lot less power. I wish it were out tomorrow. I'll have to wait months now to build the system I want. :( 
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    tolham , October 20, 2011 2:33 AM
    so i'm officially going to switch from AMD to intel. bulldozer is a bit of a flop and now ivy bridge is coming out in a few months - just in time for me to build my new system.
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    bennaye , October 20, 2011 2:52 AM
    Everyone's saying how BD was a flop, but think about the prices that Ivy Bridge *could* sell for now that there's no competition. It could potentially be higher, since Intel now has no incentive to lower prices as it's not actually competing with anybody - not at least until AMD comes up with something better.
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    CaedenV , October 20, 2011 2:53 AM
    This news made my day until I realized that the release is still for spring 2012. This is not news, this is just rehashing what we already knew, and then made it sound like we were going to get IB for Christmas (which would be awesome!). Give us a release date, or more specific specs and SKUs. The real news should be around SB-E and Bull, and which is better for high end tasks.
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