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Intel Ivy Bridge Systems Now Slated for 1H 2012

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Tri-gate to hit the big time a year from now.

Intel's Sandy Bridge chip and platform is the top-of-the-line right now and it's what you want if you're looking for a new Intel-based desktop or laptop.

Sandy Bridge's successor, Ivy Bridge, was originally thought to debut late in 2011, but now an updated Intel roadmap along with comments made by executives at Computex confirm that the next generation processor will debut in 2012 instead.

This leaked slide found by a Chinese site plots out Ivy Bridge's entry sometime during March and April next year.

Futhermore, Intel's Executive Vice President Sean Maloney confirmed at his Computex keynote that Ivy Bridge is scheduled for availability in systems in the first half of 2012.

Ivy Bridge itself will be an impressive bump over Sandy Bridge already with it being the first high-volume chip based on Intel’s 22 nanometer manufacturing technology that uses a revolutionary 3-D transistor design called Tri-Gate announced in May. Maloney also highlighted complimentary USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt technologies which are part of Intel’s ongoing work to drive the PC platform forward.

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    verbalizer , May 31, 2011 4:46 PM
    more waiting, thanks..
    to me not really a big deal, I'm still rockin' a sick i5-760 (phys-x) unit with a strong clock and optimal hardware to go with..
    it's my AM2+ units with nVidia chipsets has me is waiting on AM3+ Bulldozer nVidia SLI boards (990X's) first anyways..:D 
    so go ahead and delay the launch but wait, AMD and Bulldozer is delayed again too...
    WTF.? :pfff: 
    at least AMD/Bulldozer should be out this year.... LOL
    hopefully like the report says in July or whatever.
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    jaghpanther , May 31, 2011 4:51 PM
    The persistent rumors that Ivy Bridge would be out towards the end of this year made me hold out on going with SB, now about another year to go, I am getting an SB now (and probably regret it when IB does get here) =\
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    James296 , May 31, 2011 4:54 PM
    hmmm, if bulldozer turns into a flop. I'll do a quick upgrade to current comp and wait for IB
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    cronos177 , May 31, 2011 4:57 PM
    Ivybridge is what I am getting next for sure, AMD keeps delaying their products, and they'll only compete with current sandybridge.
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    verbalizer , May 31, 2011 5:01 PM
    Quote:
    Ivybridge is what I am getting next for sure, AMD keeps delaying their products, and they'll only compete with current sandybridge.

    nobody knows that for sure..
    I'm sure you have read the threads and other on-line info on it as well.
    it's all speculation at the moment..
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    gamerk316 , May 31, 2011 5:09 PM
    Well, Intel seems to agree with some of the roumers out about BD right now...
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    jdamon113 , May 31, 2011 5:09 PM
    Bulldozer will be a flop this is why they pushed it back.
    They all ready know something we do not. So why beat yourself.
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    _Pez_ , May 31, 2011 5:12 PM
    Good for Intel If amd want to make us wait.. we might wait until Ivy bridge and we might let pass bulldozer by then..
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    verbalizer , May 31, 2011 5:18 PM
    I'll probably end up with one of both Intel/Ivy and AMD/Bulldozer to be honest.
    I do not know of course yet how these set-up will be, but one day..
    whenever that will be.
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    powerofpi , May 31, 2011 5:22 PM
    This is what happens when your competition doesn't press you to release new products...
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    dgingeri , May 31, 2011 5:29 PM
    How much you wanna bet this is because of preliminary reports of the performance of AMD's Bulldozer chips? All of a sudden, Intel isn't as afraid of the competition, so they start delaying chip releases to milk more out of the current ones.
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    ironmb , May 31, 2011 5:38 PM
    Who cares if they're being released q1 2012.. they're releasing faster than SLOW AMD is.. Ivy Bridge is going to eat AMD alive.. downrate me all you want AMD fanboys.
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    memadmax , May 31, 2011 6:03 PM
    Nice, was thinking of going sandy but will hold off till Ivy comes out.
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    Stardude82 , May 31, 2011 6:09 PM
    Just to give this a positive spin for AMD, it could be yield issues causing the delay. I'm also not sure if the 3D architecture is all that well suited for faster clocks due to heat transfer issues.
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    dragonsqrrl , May 31, 2011 6:17 PM
    jaghpantherThe persistent rumors that Ivy Bridge would be out towards the end of this year made me hold out on going with SB, now about another year to go, I am getting an SB now (and probably regret it when IB does get here) =\

    I can't recall Ivy Bridge ever being slated for a Q4 2011 release, but if it ever was that's really old news. For as long as I can remember every leaked road map placed Sandy Bridge-E in Q4 2011 followed by Ivy Bridge in Q1 2012, so I'm not really sure what this article is talking about. But I guess Intel is being a little more ambiguous about their release schedule now, saying 1H 2012 instead.
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    dragonsqrrl , May 31, 2011 6:29 PM
    Stardude82Just to give this a positive spin for AMD, it could be yield issues causing the delay. I'm also not sure if the 3D architecture is all that well suited for faster clocks due to heat transfer issues.

    First time I've heard of those issues...

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4313/intel-announces-first-22nm-3d-trigate-transistors-shipping-in-2h-2011

    Lower TDP, higher performance per watt, higher transistor density, lower voltages, significantly higher clocks thanks to faster switching speeds. All positives so far.
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    dragonsqrrl , May 31, 2011 6:34 PM
    Also, some additional information about Ivy Bridge if anyone's interested...

    http://www.anandtech.com/show/4386/a-quick-look-at-a-22nm-ivy-bridge-wafer

    Apparently the quad core version will have 1 billion+ transistors and measure roughly 162mm^2 (compared to 995 million & 216mm^2 for Sandy Bridge).
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    fir_ser , May 31, 2011 6:52 PM
    This is bad news for consumers but good for AMD so it can have more time to compete with Intel’s Sandy Bridge, and maybe with Sandy Bridge E.
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    webbwbb , May 31, 2011 6:55 PM
    How long has Bulldozer's release been "just around the corner"? It seems like it has been at least a couple of years.. It is beginning to seem like the DNF of CPUs.

    Also, last November I was at a conference and I saw that same slide showing Ivy Bridge in late Q1/early Q2 of 2012. I suppose that since the slide is out there already I am no longer bound by the Intel confidential agreement (not an NDA but very similar to one, kind of like a weak NDA).
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    hannibal , May 31, 2011 6:59 PM
    If the road map is right, does it mean that Ivy Bridge comes first in the mainstream segment? Sandy seems to hold extreme and premium segments allso in 2012...
    Any news about that?
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