Speaking to the Financial Times, Sean Maloney, executive vice-president of Intel and chairman of Intel China, confirmed rumors that the 22nm Ivy Bridge processor is running late. Earlier this month rumors hit the Internet that Intel decided to hold off shipments because of large Sandy Bridge inventory, but according to the statement from Maloney issues with the 22nm process are the real reason for the delay. Instead of April, shipments of Ivy Bridge processors are now slated to occur eight to ten weeks later, so it's likely going to be June before you'll be able to buy Ivy Bridge based products.
In his first interview to discuss Intel’s business in China, Mr Maloney told the Financial Times that the start of sales of machines equipped with Ivy Bridge – the 22nm processor set to succeed Sandy Bridge in notebooks this year – had been pushed back from April. “I think maybe it’s June now,” he said.
In case you're wondering how the Ivy Bridge launch schedule now looks like, TPU found a list of data over at Swedish hardware site SweClockers:
April 8, 2012: This was the original Ivy Bridge launch date. Now it looks like this will be the date when motherboard makers will introduce motherboards based on Intel Z77, Z75, H77 and B75 chipsets, but you'll have to use existing Sandy Bridge processors because Ivy Bridge will not be available yet
April 29, 2012: On this date Intel will release the quad-core Core i5 and i7 Ivy Bridge processors, and media will be able to post Ivy Bridge reviews. There's a chance that some Ivy Bridge processors may be available on this date.
June 3, 2012: The launch of the Ivy Bridge notebook platform, the Ivy Bridge ultrabook form factor, dual-core Ivy Bridge processors, and the Q77 and Q75 chipsets.