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Intel is set to launch its Ivy Bridge chips in 2012

The new units will supposedly be available to customers for purchase in March of next year

According to sources close to DigiTimes, the world’s largest manufacturer of semiconductor chips based in the United States, Intel, plans to release its latest Ivy Bridge platform in March of 2012. Apparently, the delay from the previously announced date (end of 2011) is deliberate and reportedly aims to create a smoother transition between the old and new chip.

The same sources have indicated that this very holdup will provide vendors with more time to sell Sandy Bridge-based platforms that suffered an unexpected recollection in January 2011. April was good for notebook sellers as the fixed Sandy Bridge chipsets were launched and supply finally met demand.

About Ivy Bridge

The upcoming Ivy Bridge units will supposedly be manufactured using a 3D transistor technology. “3D” is actually a term employed to point out that we will not see a flat 2D gate as part of the architecture, but apparently a three-dimensional one (called Tri-Gate) that would tower above the silicon substrate.


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Ivan Zhekov, 2011-06-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)