Intel’s next generation of mobile chips has been delayed by eight to ten weeks, according to the Financial Times. Sean Maloney, executive vice-president of Intel and chairman of Intel China, told FT that Ultrabooks (like the Dell XPS 13) and other devices equipped with the Ivy Bridge processors won’t be shipping until later this quarter. “I think maybe it’s June now,” he said in an interview with FT.
The delay is apparently due to the new manufacturing process required to produce the 22nm chips, and not because of any lack of market demand. Ivy Bridge processors are expected to succeed the Sandy Bridge line in upgraded Ultrabook laptops as well as Apple’s MacBook and MacBook Air machines, and also to play a key role in the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Operating System later this year. Intel launched the Ultrabook class of thin, light notebooks with a bevy of OEM partners at CES last month.
When they do ship, Ivy Bridge chips will come in both dual- and quad-core variants. The processors will feature 3D transistor technology (a company first), significant graphics improvements, USB 3.0 support, and better power efficiency. Intel has already said to expect “unprecedented” performance gains in the lower-end of the Ivy Bridge lineup.
[Via: Financial Times]