Looks like Intel's Ivy Bridge will be further delayed due to weak PC sales. DigiTimes heard Intel's new chip will ship in small volume in early April, with mass shipments not expected to occur until after June. The weak economy is to blame for the delay, most first-tier notebook vendors need more time to digest their Sandy Bridge inventory, and Intel is also stuck with a big inventory of Sandy Bridge chips.
Because most first-tier notebook vendors are having trouble digesting their Sandy Bridge notebook inventories due to the weak global economy, while Intel is also troubled by its Sandy Bridge processor inventory, the CPU giant plans to delay mass shipments of the new processors to minimize the impact, the sources noted.
With Intel changing its launch schedule, notebook vendors have all started adjusting their projects for new Ivy Bridge models; however, the notebook vendors still believe the PC replacement trend is unlikely to start until after September, when Microsoft launches Windows 8, and the first three quarters of 2012 will still be a dark period for the notebook industry.