It's apparently official. Intel's next-gen Ivy Bridge processor is delayed, according to a report in the Financial Times, citing an Intel executive.
"I think maybe it's June now," Sean Maloney, executive vice-president of Intel and chairman of Intel China, told the Times. Maloney attributes the delay to the manufacturing process, the Times said.
Though Intel had never announced a particular launch date, the chipmaker had indicated "spring." A June launch clearly makes this a delay.
An Intel spokesperson is also cited in the Times article as saying that the company's plans to start shipping Ivy Bridge in the second quarter had not changed. There have been reports claiming that some desktop and quad-core mobile chips would ship in April and that dual-core mobile processors would be delayed.
Maloney's comment follows an earlier Asia-based report that had said the chip was delayed until late June.
Ivy Bridge will populate the upcoming crop of ultrabooks--currently powered by the Sandy Bridge processor--and come to prominence when Windows 8 is released by Microsoft.
Ivy Bridge features Intel's first 3D transistor technology, a much-enhanced graphics chip, USB 3.0 support, and improved power efficiency.
Updated at 11:55 p.m. PST: adds discussion about Ivy Bridge quad-core chips.