Ivy Bridge Shortage Plagues Intel
Intel will have to decrease its shipments of Ivy Bridge processors set to launch April 29 for notebook and desktop platforms due to low capacity or yield rate, according to sources from PC players. Intel is set to introduce 13 new processors in May and June, and another 10 under the Core i5, Core i3 and Pentium series. Processors for the second wave of ultrabooks are set to launch in May and include the Core i7-2677M, Core i7-2637M and Core i5-2557M which will sell for $317, $289 and $250, respectively. The new processors are expected to run a host of new offerings from companies like Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), which is due for an update in its Macbook line.
Intel is not the only company facing setbacks. Nvidia Corp. (NASDAQ:NVDA) and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (NYSE:AMD) are both suffering from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.’s less-than-expected yield rate for technology to be used in 28nm graphics cards. While AMD launched several 28nm graphics cards, the company is still suffering due to limited shipments. Nvidia launched the GeoForce GTX 680 at the end of March for $499, and has plans to launch a slew of follow-ups in May and June. Despite the new product releases, sources say that both companies may still post lower-than-expected revenue.