During Intel's earnings call earlier this week, CEO Paul Otellini revealed that the company started manufacturing 22nm Ivy Bridge processors last quarter. Actual retail availability isn't expected until January though, and some rumors claim the chip giant decided to delay the chip to Spring.
While AMD's first 32-nm processors were starting to hit retail shelves last quarter—and AMD apparently had to contend with yield issues at GlobalFoundries—Intel was busy churning out 22-nm Ivy Bridge chips. At least, that's what Intel CEO Paul Otellini stated during his company's third-quarter earnings conference call, according SeekingAlpha's transcript:
During the third quarter, we began volume production of Ivy Bridge on our 22 nanometer process technology. 22 nanometers will usher-in the era of 3-D transistors, which will pay dividends in power, performance and density for generations to come.