Word is going around that Intel is planning to outsource the production of its Panther Point chipsets, which will be paired up with the Ivy Bridge CPUs, to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacture Company (TSMC). Intel is slated to launch the Ivy Bridge CPUs in the first quarter of 2012. The move to outsource will help Intel shave its production costs and also tackle the issue of price competition brought on by AMD’s Fusion APUs. Another benefit of this move is that it will allow the chip giant to focus on production using advanced technology processes. When questioned, Intel Taiwan stated that it will not comment on products that have not been launched and related policites, which isn’t surprising.