Word on the streets is that chipmaker Intel will be backing away from its earlier promise of unveiling its brand new Ivy Bridge platform towards the end of the running year. And as if that was not bad enough for the fans, the company is reportedly also planning to ditch the proposed upgrade of Fab 24 to 22 NM.
These reports are basically based upon the rumours that originated after the worldwide PC market found itself at the receiving a massive slowdown.
Instead of late 2011, Intel is likely to launch the Ivy Bridge sometimes during the early 2012 - in the March to be more specific. If these reports are true, the iPhone maker Apple could also suffer with the chips missing out on the forthcoming MacBook refreshment.
At this stage, though Intel officially hasn’t acknowledged all these reports. On being approached for comments, an Intel spokesperson reportedly turned down the reports as mere speculations.
"Back in January we announced a $500m investment to prepare the F14 facility for a future process node upgrade and that stands. We are very pleased with the progress of this project to date with 200 fulltime hires, and 850 construction jobs,” the spokesperson said, TechEye reports.
“We did not confirm a specific node for Fab 24 when we made the investment announcement, but as of today, we are not planning to build 22nm at Fab24,” he added.