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Those, who expected to upgrade their extreme-performance systems  six-core Intel Core i7-3900-series "Sandy Bridge-E" LGA2011 chips inside with even faster "Ivy Bridge-E" chips later this year will probably have to wait until at least the second half of 2013, as Intel has no plans to launch new generation of enthusiast processors in 2012.

The delay of Intel Corp.'s code-named "Ivy Bridge" microprocessor has apparently caused massive shift in the chipmaker's roadmap. According to what is presumably the latest version of Intel's roadmap, the company will not only postpone the release of the next-generation code-named "Haswell" chip by several months to March - June, 2013, timeframe, but will also not release enthusiast-class "Ivy Bridge-E" central processing unit (CPU) in 2012.

Based on a slide that resembles those from Intel's roadmap, which was published by ComputerBase web-site, the chip giant will not release its six-core or eight-core Ivy Bridge-E chips either this year or in the first half of 2013. Moreover, with the next-generation Haswell launching in late Q1 or Q2 2013, the destiny of the Ivy Bridge-E seems to be somewhat gloomy as the former may challenge the latter in terms of performance.

Given the fact that Intel's enthusiast-class platforms cannot be challenged by its arch-rival Advanced Micro Devices these days, the company may introduce speedier versions of its Extreme Edition microprocessors or may not. The company does have plans to release Core i7-3980X model, but it is unclear whether the novelty will sport boosted clock-speeds or will have two additional cores turned on and will therefore be an eight-core part.

Intel's Ivy Bridge, Ivy Bridge-E and Haswell central processing units are made using Intel's innovative 22nm process technology with tri-gate transistors.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Intel, Ivy Bridge, Ivy Bridge-E, 22nm, Sandy Bridge, Sandy Bridge-E, Core


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Discussion started: 03/16/12 07:31:27 AM
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They want to sell some SB before, they just came out! It's as simple as that. That's the result of having no competition in that segment.
3 2 [Posted by: kensiko  | Date: 03/16/12 07:31:27 AM]

What about totally skipping Ivy Bridge-E and launch Haswell-E on second half of 2013.

Better for all of us that AMD comes up with something competitive on the high end, because this is going to piss off a lot of people.
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2 7 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 03/16/12 10:33:48 AM]

Totally agree Filiprino

High-end should have the absolute latest in process and architecture tech. It should be the pinnacle of what the company has to offer, not an after thought like Intel has given use in Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge and Haswell.

The high-end should be the first chips to come out to début the latest and greatest. If Intel expects you to pay a premium for the high-end then part of that premium should be getting new architecture first.

SB-E should have been out before any SB chips, same with IB-E and right now we should be talking about Haswell-E coming out in a few months to get a good head start on the mid-range due in 12month, instead we are talking about the generation before Haswell coming out in +18 months!!

I just really hope that AMD can pull something out of the hat to push Intel, maybe a 16 core (8 real cores) running with their new 'Resonant Clock Mesh' to push +5Ghz at 28nm.

If not AMD then someone else needs to step up and challenge Intel. IBM's PowerPC still has some life in it and PowerPC-8 is looking very fast. ARM A15 looks incredible and with the massive cooling advantage desktop PC can have over a mobile phone we could easily cool a 32core overclocked best. Then you still have China's Alpha chips making headway. Also you have Sun UltraSPARC.

There are lots of chips around but we need to open the market wider than x86, Windows has started this by supporting ARM and hopefully think could be the start of things to come.

If there isn't anything better than x86 then so be it but i want to see the war to prove this!
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3 6 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 03/16/12 08:19:10 PM]

so AMD would catch them off guard, like the Pentium 4 days

in workstation stuff, the 3770K wouldn't be nearly as good as the FX-8370 (Piledriver) if it is 10-15% better than zambezi

in lighter stuff, the APUs would fit in nicely
3 1 [Posted by: madooo12  | Date: 03/17/12 02:39:45 AM]

The long term roadmap is changed. There will be Ivy Bridge-EP, but the chip won't get desktop variant. Basically the Sandy Bridge-E is Intels last desktop CPU. Haswell will have an Extreme variant, which is same as the normal Haswell, but it has an MCM L4 cache, and integrated GT3 graphics. Broadwell is next, and it will be a tick solution. After Haswell the next tock will be Skylake, and it will be an architectural integration with the Larrabee cores. Also this will be the last Intel CPU/HPU with integrated PCI Express controller that configured for graphics cards support.
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2 7 [Posted by: BestJinjo  | Date: 03/17/12 05:22:08 PM]

Ha-Ha, Process problems is finally biting Intel in the Ass, This should let others gain at least a year from the 2 years behind..

PS Or what Intel maybe doing is; setting all its engineers onto mobile chips to counter trinity and its upgrade.. seems AMD gave chasing Intel, but Intel have not stopped chasing AMD.. I hope AMD have a good answer for Intel on its only strong ground, otherwise AMD is history.

All the major players are in this Mobile section (AMD, nvidia, ARM, TI, Apple, Samsung, Qualcomm etc.) so Intel needs to throw everything at it and kill them before they lays eggs, otherwise intel will face massive competition from all sides in near future.. This is going to be a worthy fight to watch in the next 2 years.
2 1 [Posted by: keysplayer  | Date: 03/18/12 04:44:16 PM]


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