We heard rumors last week that Intel's Ivy Bridge had been delayed and now it seems they have been confirmed. Intel's Sean Maloney (executive vice-president and chairman of Intel China) spoke to the Financial Times over the weekend and it looks like the launch of Ivy Bridge has been pushed back. Originally set for an April launch, Maloney says June is now looking more likely.
The Financial Times cites Maloney as saying that the start of sales of machines based on the 22nm Ivy Bridge has been pushed back. "I think maybe it’s June now," he's quoted as saying.
However, while Maloney says Ivy Bridge is now looking at a June launch, others say that while it has been delayed, it's nothing as significant as two months. Forbes' Patrick Moorhead reached out to both industry sources and his contacts at Intel, with both returning confirmation that while Ivy Bridge has been delayed, it is only a short delay. Industry sources said Ivy Bridge would be available when it counted, for the back to school season, while Intel's Jon Carvill said that the Ivy Bridge schedule had only been impacted by 'a few weeks' and things were still on track to be 'in-market for spring.'
It seems that the Ivy Bridge delay is certain, but the impact this delay will have on launch is not completely clear. We reached out to Intel for comment and the company responded, informing us that Forbes has the correct information and the delay really is only for a few weeks.
"The piece on Forbes has the correct information: our 3rd generation Intel Core launch is delayed by a few weeks, and we remain on track for our Spring 2012 launch timeframe," Intel's Dave Salvator told Tom's Hardware.
If Intel hadn't specifically told Forbes that reports of an eight-week delay were inaccurate, we would be reminding you that summer doesn't officially start until near the end of June, but considering Intel did specify that the delay would only be a few weeks (and not eight), we're left wondering if the chairman of Intel China had his facts mixed up.