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Intel Accelerates Launch of Ivy Bridge by Almost 1 Week

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Originally rumored to delay the launch of Ivy Bridge processors, Intel is now believed to have readjusted its schedule and introduce the chips a little earlier.

Previously targeted for an April 29 announcement, Ivy bridge is now set for an April 23 introduction with Acer, HP and Lenovo expected to launch notebooks based on the new 22 nm processors.

Retailers across Europe apparently have posted Ivy Bridge CPUs ahead of their official availability as well. According to Heise.de, the models Core i7-3770K, Core i7-3770, Core i5-3570K, Core i5-3550 and Core i5-3450 have surfaced on price comparison sites for prices between 189 and 340 Euros. The website noted that Ivy Bridge processors are substantially more expensive than Sandy Bridge versions with the same clock speed. Those who can wait should probably hold off until there is a balance of supply and demand in the market.

Opinion: If you were picky, you could note that despite Intel's CPU manufacturing process leadership, the introduction of new manufacturing processes is slipping. Back in 2005, when the company heavily marketed its tick-tock cadence of new manufacturing processes being introduced at the end of uneven years and platform refreshes in even years, we notice that Intel is now more than a quarter behind that original promise. Given the fact that the company is ahead of its competition anyway, that may not matter. But we do hear that there are significantly more roadblocks in maturing new manufacturing processes and there may be reason enough for Intel to updates its old cadence guideline.

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    houldendub , 16 April 2012 19:26
    Ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo, hope there's still some stock after payday!

    Even so, hopefully this means a price drop in Sandy Bridge, because lets be honest, the 2500k still kicks all kinds of ass.
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    Anonymous , 16 April 2012 20:04
    we have been here before with intel, and to be fair other companies are the same, in an eviroment with little or no real compitition there is is no real driving force to keep things fresh, new release dates slip major updates take longer to rollout because compaines like to make as much profit as they can before the next release, I remember the release of MMX tech in the pentium 200 cpu in 1996 intel took a load of stick for releasing it in January rather than just before christmas, we wont see dates being stuck to till AMD is once again competeing on performance and really driving inovation and the has to be first to market enviroment.