@Sylvie Barak: one question -what happens to the engineering staff that supported those 25 CPU's?
@Kris: I suppose the wait is not long for new laptops and desktops that feature IvyBridge. Most box makers will be privy to advance samples for designing it in any way. My tag-along question would be when are Panther Point samples going to be available?
May? It's typically not that long after. Last year SandyBridge PCs were available within a couple of weeks of launch... that's when I bought my new Sony Vaio. It was worth the wait then, so I'd recommend to anyone thinking of upgrading to hold out for that extra month!
The transition has to be managed well to avoid too much old stuff in the inventories of computer makers or business interruptions as there is sure to be some hiccups as the new CPU is incorporated into designs.