We reported earlier that Intel has postponed the launch of Ivy Bridge to March-April 2012 and a leaked roadmap from Intel confirms this. There are several possible reasons behind this, but it is most likely a market strategy from Intel.
This may have come a bit unexpected for Intel to move Ivy Bridge to a later date than we are accustomed to with the Tick-Tock strategy, but there are most likely good reasons for this.
Ivy Bridge delayed after 22nm issues?
It might be because Sandy Bridge-E launches late this year for the much more expensive LGA2011 socket and is intended to become Intel’s flagship. Had Ivy Bridge launched in Q1 Sandy Bridge-E would have been crowded and even thoguh Ivy Bridge is not intended to compete with Sandy Bridge-E it would be unavoidable not to hurt sales with the new 22nm node and 3D transistors.
The other alternatives are that Sandy Bridge got a bad start with faulty chipsets which caused Intel and partners a lot of harm, and cost them a lot of money with the recalls and everything. Another possible reason is that Intel has simply run into problems with the 22nm process and need more time to get everything together, but since it has already shown Ivy Bridge on three different occassions we find this unlikely.
We now have it confirmed that the chipsets for Ivy Bridge will be named the 7 series, but as we revealed earlier the current 6 series and LGA1155 platform will support Ivy Bridge.