According to Taiwanese server makers AMD's quad-core Barcelone processor will likely not arrive on time. Current samples of this upcoming server processor are still buggy and they believe the introduction of Barcelona may have to be delayed to August or September.
Sources say this may further increase Intel's lead over AMD:
Still, some Taiwan-based server vendors commented that their confidence over AMD will be affected by any delay. Roadmaps for new product launches were mapped out by the vendors in 2006, and the delay of Barcelona will interrupt these schedule. Comments gathered from vendors show that the majority believe a critical impact will be seen amid Barcelona's delay.
Besides that the postponement may discourage confidence among server makers, AMD also has to face the potential threat from rival Intel whose 45nm-made Harpertown and Wolfdale-DP CPUs are still on schedule to be both launched as planned, according to sources.