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> Probably No Xeon Ivy-Bridge in 2012, 20/03/2012 - Your reactions
post Mar 20 2012, 08:58 AM
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Last year has been a difficult year for Intel, with many delayed projects and releases. It started early 2011 when Intel discovered a bug on the Sandy Bridge chipset that forced the company to recall those products and find a fix. As a consequence, the release of Sandy Bridge-based computers was delayed, and this delay has pushed back the release of Ivy Bridge hardware from late 2011 to end of April 2012.

In the meantime, Intel found a bug on the Sandy Bridge E serie, an architecture shared with Xeon E5. This is the reason why those workstation and server CPU have only been released last week. In other words, Intel launched the Sandy Bridge E series Xeon almost at the same time it will release the next generation Ivy Bridge desktop and mobile CPUs. This delay in E series should push back the availability of the Ivy Bridge E series Xeon by several months and we might have to wait H1 2013 to have the first Xeon Ivy Bridge to be installed in Mac Pro, pending Apple will still have this hardware on its catalog. If Apple releases the new Mac Pro in coming days (today?), we can expect that such model will be in the catalog till mid-2013. While Xeon used to be from the same generation than desktop CPUs, we now have one generation difference, and this might be an issue on the long-term.

By linathael, original by Lionel
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