Intel's Ivy Bridge Platform Enters Volume Manufacturing Ahead of Spring 2012 Product Launches

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As noted by Tom's Hardware, Intel announced during its earnings conference call this week that its Ivy Bridge platform has entered volume production, with the company expecting to begin deliveries to computer manufacturers by the second half of this quarter. It will, however, take some time for Ivy Bridge to make its way into shipping products, with Intel's partners shooting for a Spring 2012 debut.
CEO Paul Otellini confirmed that Ivy Bridge 22 nm processor volume production has already begun, which is a rather significant achievement as there have been apparently no major hiccups in the implementation of its 3D transistor technology. There has always been the question how Intel defines "volume", but vice president Mooly Eden told me years ago that Intel would only consider a production process volume production if it affects "millions" of processors.
Intel had previously outlined its Ivy Bridge roadmap as targeting a launch for the first half of 2012, and so the latest news confirming that the company is on track with its new 3-D transistor technology bodes well for an on-time launch.

Ivy Bridge will offer a number of benefits for Apple's notebook lines, opening up the door to quad-core processors in the 13-inch MacBook Pro and bringing significantly faster graphics and new OpenCL capabilities to the MacBook Air. Ivy Bridge will also support ultra high resolution displays and Intel has committed to Thunderbolt support alongside USB 3.0 in the platform.

A minor refresh to Apple's MacBook Pro line is expected any time now, with the update set to carry the line through until Ivy Bridge is ready.

Article Link: Intel's Ivy Bridge Platform Enters Volume Manufacturing Ahead of Spring 2012 Product Launches
 

jamesryanbell

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This is the Macbook Air I'm waiting for. I'm keeping my C2D until this arrives. Even if it takes well over a year.
 

chrmjenkins

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No transistor issues this time Intel ;)

This is the Macbook Air I'm waiting for. I'm keeping my C2D until this arrives. Even if it takes well over a year.
It will. ULV parts lag platform launch quite a bit. Might see an air update late summer or next Fall. I'm not sure what Intel's Ivy Bridge ULV schedule looks like.
 

FloatingBones

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I just went by the local university bookstore; they were advertising $100 off their 13" MBP models.

Coincidence?
 

Mattsasa

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still waiting on High-End Sandy bridge Processors!!!!!!

eitherway, I am super excited for ivy bridge: thunderbolt, usb 3.0, pci-e 3.0, better energy efficiency in notebooks, faster all around, next gen intel HD graphics with directx 11 support, 3D transistors,

how long until Ivy-Bridge extreme? thats what I am waiting on q1 2013?
 

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This is great news, can't wait for new macbook (air/pro)
Same here.

I upgrade/by a new Mac based on a simple principle:

If the computer waits for me to make the next entry/move etc. I am still good and the processing speed is adequate.

Once I catch up and have to wait for the computer to do its thing it's time to get the fastest model.

So far it has always taken me about 3 years to catch up in speed, but I am already there now and waiting.

But, since I want a MacBook AIR/pro without a drive etc. I'll wait.

Wouldn't mind if they made a 21 inch BookPro:)
 

greekappi

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still waiting on High-End Sandy bridge Processors!!!!!!
Yeah, really! This article mentions nothing about Mac Pro's either. I've been waiting for Sandy Bridge Mac Pro's, maybe they'll jump straight to Ivy Bridge Mac Pro's? :D
 

c3pa

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Would this be on the upcoming MBPro refresh already in November, or will we have to wait for next years' model?

By the way, when is it most likely that the new model comes out? February next year?
 

jamesryanbell

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No transistor issues this time Intel ;)



It will. ULV parts lag platform launch quite a bit. Might see an air update late summer or next Fall. I'm not sure what Intel's Ivy Bridge ULV schedule looks like.
Totally no big deal. This one will do me just fine until then. :)
 

madrag

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great news!

It would be lovely if they released macs with this processor this year.

I'm getting an iMac :)
 

jclardy

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This is the Macbook Air I'm waiting for. I'm keeping my C2D until this arrives. Even if it takes well over a year.
I'm also hoping they drop the 4GB and 128GB SSD down to the $999 model as well.

Can't say I really have any major complaints about the 2011 MBA though, but a little more battery would be appreciated. And also some kind of external Thunderbolt graphics booster for when I am at my desk.
 

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Would this be on the upcoming MBPro refresh already in November, or will we have to wait for next years' model?

By the way, when is it most likely that the new model comes out? February next year?
Don't hold your breath on a MBP "refresh" this year--Apple is unlikely to update anything before the holidays.

Sure, it COULD happen, but historically it has not.

We'll probably see Ivy Bridge MBPs towards the end of the first quarter of 2012.
 

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Don't hold your breath on a MBP "refresh" this year--Apple is unlikely to update anything before the holidays.

Sure, it COULD happen, but historically it has not.

We'll probably see Ivy Bridge MBPs towards the end of the first quarter of 2012.
that'll be cool if it happens along with a redesign. i'm hoping for a high res 13" with discrete graphics. remove the odd, who cares.
 

dimi94941

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Yes, I guess I made a great decision when choosing to wait until 2012 for new Macbook Air. :)

Also a question to those that knows better:

Which one is/will be better, Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge?
 
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