Intel Delays CPUs With iGFX Until 2010

From Tom's Hardware: A recently leaked Intel slide, assuming it can be believed, has revealed Intel’s updated roadmap for mainstream Nehalem platforms and it would seem Intel has some changes in mind. Apparently due to "customer feedback" and "2008 client platform learnings", Auburndale and Havendale will now be pushed back for release into January 2010. According to earlier leaked Intel roadmaps, Havendale was previously planned for Q3 of 2009 alongside Lynnfield, but now it would seem that only Lynnfield will be available in time for Christmas 2009.

When given the chance to comment on the news, Intel stated it had not announced release dates yet, but assured us that Auburndale, Havendale, Clarksfield and Lynnfield are targeted for production in 2H 2009.

Havendale and Auburndale will feature a GPU integrated alongside the CPU in the same processor packaging, with Havendale being for mainstream and value desktops and Auburndale for mobile PCs. Both Havendale and Auburndale will have two cores each, with the ability to add a discrete graphics solution also. The reason for the delay of Havendale and Auburndale may have something to do with their integrated graphics, as Intel has taken quite a bit of criticism lately for delivering poor performing graphics solutions on their current platforms: maybe Intel has decided it needs to further increase performance? With all the talent Intel has been rumored to be hiring lately for developing Larrabee, Intel should really not have any excuse for only being capable of producing weak integrated graphic solutions. There is also the possibility that Intel may be wishing to give a longer life span to current platforms, with or without a refresh to the platforms, in an attempt to appease clients.

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