Intel runs three Ivy Bridge fabs ragged for April blast off
Ultrabook makers scramble for supplies
Intel is stepping up production of its much-anticipated Ivy Bridge processors for an official launch as early as next month - but is adjusting its numbers to meet increased demand from Ultrabook vendors.
Sources in the notebook industry told Digitimes that, despite reported delays of up to two months, production is still by and large on schedule, and that Intel is increasing production of the low-power chips for Ultrabook and smartphone platforms. Traditional desktop and notebook segments, meanwhile, will be festooned with high-end processors.
The Ivy Bridge family squeezes an Intel multi-core CPU and graphics processor onto the same 22nm-process die with added power-saving features allowing the chips to comfortably slip inside small battery-powered devices.
Although a Chipzilla spokesperson told The Reg the firm wouldn’t comment on unannounced products, we were handed a prepared note to confirm that the launch is still on track to take place in “the spring”:
We’re ramping three factories simultaneously, and making some production adjustments to meet increasing customer demand for processors for Ultrabook devices. To ensure customers have adequate supply to support a broad market launch for third-generation Intel Core, we are adjusting the launch schedules accordingly. Intel expects to supply the market with 50 per cent more 3rd Generation Intel Core than second-generation Intel Core in the first two quarters of the two products’ respective ramps.
Such has been the demand for Ivy bridge-based Ultrabook processors that some vendors could be ready to unveil their next round of ultra-thin notebooks based on these chips as early as May with prices dropping to the sub-$900 mark, said Digitimes.
A recent report by Juniper Research predicted that Ultrabooks will grow at three times the rate of tablets over the next five years as prices continue to fall. ®
Mark my words
I've been speculating for a while that it would be delayed, and now is reported as delayed, because Apple made a deal with them for first call on the supply and Apple ended up ordering many more than Intel expected. Both because Apple is doing a long overdue refresh of their entire laptop line (which has become quite a good seller) but also because Apple is using its big cash pile to insure that they have a month or two head start on the Ultrabook competition.
Can we build more cpu cores and toss the crappy video out?
I for one am not getting this whole everything on a chip design. At least for the desktop cpus. Why can't they make a mobile cpu with graphics, and put more cores, 8, 16 or more on the desktop cpu version and leave out all the graphics crap? It's WAY slower than dedicated cards anyway. It's the same stupid morons that think TVs with 3D and network and all that crap is worth a few hundred more. Give me a better picture, no frills, any day. I'll use an external device, flash/usb stick, HDMI out from my tablet, phone, laptop, whatever for download content and web browsing. I hate all this extra crap we now have to have in our tvs. 3D is so badly done by almost every movie anyway.. especially all these cheap 2D shot movies that then post-convert to 3D, which is no where near as good. 3D won't work until we have a completely 3D hologram movie theater where I can turn around and see what's behind me in the movie... in fact.. toss the whole idea out until we have holodecks and can interact. Or at least allow us to set up a couple Kinects with 4 projectors that can cover a room full of walls with video and detect our movements and put us in the middle of the movie or game. That's 3D. I've yet to see any movie, including Avatar, about the best one there is, that looks convincing to me. Hell, OLED at 4K resolution would be MUCH more convincing than 3D.. and like someone else said.. with current 1080p screens, you're only getting 1/2 the HD image in 3D.. why do I want to watch a degraded HD image with crappy 3D over a solid 2D.
When 3D brings a movie to us like 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound does to audio.. then we'll have something. I fell like current 3D is like the USA attempt at 4G.. not even close.
Re: Those prices converted to GBP
Problem is, those are 2xxx part numbers, which are Sandy Bridge CPUs, not Ivy Bridge. FAIL.