After falling slightly behind with the Tick-Tock strategy for 32nm with Westmere and continuing to Sandy Bridge, Intel is set to release its 22nm CPUs, codenamed Ivy Bridge, as early as second half 2011. The first 22nm samples are in Intel’s fabs currently.

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After falling slightly behind with the Tick-Tock strategy for 32nm with
Westmere and continuing to Sandy Bridge, Intel is set to release its
22nm CPUs, codenamed Ivy Bridge, as early as second half 2011. The first
22nm samples are in Intel’s fabs currently.

Nehalem was first released in November 2008, with its 32nm shrink, Westmere, expected to release in Q4 2009. However, the first Westmere CPUs shipped only in January 2010, with Sandy Bridge following exactly a year later on January 2011. This led us to believe that the Tick-Tock strategy had shifted by a few months, with the 22nm shrink of Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, initially expected to release in Q1 2012. However, it appears Intel is determined to get back on track with Q4 releases, and has pulled Ivy Bridge forward to H2 2011, presumably Q4 2011.

Of course, Sandy Bridge continues to be split over two platforms and extremely complicated nomenclature. The result is a healthy stream of Intel CPUs throughout 2011, starting with mainstream LGA1155 Sandy Bridge CPUs in January 2011, enthusiast LGA2011 Sandy Bridge in Q2/Q3 2011 and finally, 22nm Ivy Bridge in H2 2011 (most likely Q4 2011).

On the AMD side of things, Llano is now expected to release in late Q2 / early Q3 2011, and Bulldozer still scheduled for “2011”. It is quite possible that Ivy Bridge may even release close to Bulldozer. Unfortunately for AMD, Intel continues to maintain fab process leadership, with Globalfoundries’ competing 22nm process at least one year behind Intel’s.

Reference: Fudzilla