It seems like the wait for Ivy Bridge processors to hit the market just got a bit longer. Taiwanese news site Digitimes maybe not have the best track record when it comes to pin-point accuracy, but they are positioned closer to manufacturers. And these manufacturers are saying Intel claims that Ivy Bridge processors will take a longer time to reach them in large quantities, thanks to a surplus in Sandy Bridge processors.
According to Digitimes and their sources, the reason why there is a Sandy Bridge processor surplus is simply because consumers aren't buying notebooks fast enough in 2011. Slow worldwide PC sales caused by the weak economy, hard drive shortages and the rise of the tablet market have left Intel sitting on an overflow of the Sandy Bridge processors, hence the need to delay the much more powerful Ivy Bridge iteration.
The good news is Ivy Bridge processors will launch in April as scheduled, but only in small volumes. Notebook manufacturers are estimating that mass shipments of Ivy Bridge processors will only commence after June 2012.