updated 02:25 pm EST, Sat March 3, 2012
Intel Ivy Bridge delay seen much shorter
Intel's own claims that its Ivy Bridge platform had been moved back to June might have been unintentionally conservative. New leaks on Saturday to Digitimes had the 22-nanometer processors shipping in late April, setting them back only by a few weeks. As expected, the initial supply would be higher-end Core i5 and i7 processors.
Fierce competition among top-end competitors could see Windows-based ultrabooks get valuable price drops on their next-generation systems, going as low as $799 to $899. Most in the first have have had trouble going below the baseline $999 set by Apple's MacBook Air, even if they can sometimes offer more RAM or drive space.
The detailing also implied a much wider range of ultrabook-friendly processors than before that would be Ivy Bridge-based, although the site possibly called its own rumors into question through the processor list. All of them were billed as 2000-series chips, the naming scheme it has been using for current Sandy Bridge designs. Intel's own leaked product sheets have referred to 3000-series processors that have clocked as high as 2GHz.
If at least the core April schedule is accurate, it could provide some relief for computer manufacturers that might have otherwise had to wait until the summer to ship updated PCs. Some vendors, such as Apple, are known to have no choice but to wait for Ivy Bridge to update most of their systems. Most of the Windows PCs announced or leaked using Ivy Bridge, such as from HP and Samsung, were already due only to ship by the spring.