DigiTimes is reporting that Intel are to begin the phasing out of their Sandy Bridge-based processors this September. This paves the way for Ivy Bridge to get slapped into various products such as the Ultrabooks Intel are pushing big time.
Intel have said that OEMs have already begun receiving shipments of Ivy Bridge CPUs, with customers starting to notice them in systems later this month. Intel have also hinted that they expect to ship some 50-percent more Ivy Bridge CPUs in six months that it did in the same time period with Sandy Bridge.
But, there is a but here, folks. Ivy Bridge-based CPUs are much more expensive than their Sandy Bridge counterparts. According to DigiTimes, the price disparity is around $67-$100 per unit. This is a big problem for OEMs who are working on razor-thin margins on mainstream products that are the norm. If the Sandy Bridge chips do start disappearing in September, we should expect price cuts sometime this summer.