Sources: Intel could delay Ivy Bridge, 2012 looking ‘gloomy’ for notebook industry
You’ll have to be a little bit patience for the new Ivy Bridge Ultrabook to arrive: Shipment numbers of Intel’s imminent processor of its Sandy Bridge architecture could have delays, according Asian news site DigiTimes. But that info is not convincing enough since consumers aren’t taking up notebooks fast enough.
“Intel is aggressively informing its partners of planned delay of Ivy Bridge volume shipments this spring” DT’s source says, while the site further says Intel will still communicate and ship the processors in limited number in April (if that info is accurate, early buyers, should expect to pay more). The month of June is the projected time for volume shipments of the new processors.
So, who should be blamed? Well, according to DigiTimes, for starters, the economy. International PC shipments were slothful in 2011, if we go by IDC reports, increasing by just 1.6% over 2010.
Although analysts agree on three factors: The slow economy, flooding in Thailand that caused hard drive shortages, and a fractional consumer change from PCs to smartphones, tablets and other portable devices that took duties generally assigned to the PC. This leaves Intel with its inventory succession with extra pool of Sandy Bridge processors. The delay is aimed at minimizing the overflow’s fiscal impact.
Moreover, DigiTimes says Windows 8 will land after September, and a likely consumer demand for notebooks to be moderate for 2012′s first Q3 – what DT refers to as “a gloomy stage for the notebook industry. Though Intel not saying anything on DT’s claims, just recently Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini confirmed we should expect Ivy Bridge “in early spring” including upgraded graphics performance of Sandy Bridge by over 70%.” Then the company’s CFO Stacy Smith said that production costs would increase as Intel begins to ship Ivy Bridge, but on lower volumes compared to the Q4.”