It seems like Intel isn't in too much of a hurry to launch its upcoming Ivy Bridge processors, as the chips won't be officially launched until March or April of 2011, according to a recent report that cites some of the company's partners.
Previous rumors suggested that Ivy Bridge would be launched at the beginning of the following year, most probably during the CES fair, as Intel has done with its Sandy Bridge and Arrandale chips.
However, this doesn't seem to be the case with Ivy Bridge, as Fuldzilla claims that the Santa Clara chip giant has informed its partners that the first chips based on this new architecture won't arrive until the start of Q2 2012.
If this is indeed true, Intel will wind up delaying its tick-tock development cycle by two quarters, which seems to suggest that the company is confident in the performance of its current products or that it has hit some sort of production issues.
While we can't do much more than speculate at this point in time, one of the possible reasons for this decision could have something to do with the 22nm Tri-Gate fabrication process that Intel wants to use for manufacturing these processors.
Right now, Intel doesn't have too many fabs that are ready to build such transistors, so the company could have preferred to wait a little bit longer until it might be able produce enough chips to satisfy the market demand.
Intel's Ivy Bridge processors are a 22nm die shrink of Sandy Bridge, so they feature pretty much the same architecture with a few minor tweaks that should improve performance.
One of the most important changes brought to Ivy Bridge, is the addition of a new on-die GPU, which packs 30% more EUs, adds DirectX 11 support and can drive up to three independent displays, while the integrated PCI Express controller will also be updated to feature PCI-E Gen 3 support.