I haven't taken this in enough to blog about it, but in any case, I don't have to. It is up to Chuck and David. And the latter has responded already.
BTW, one thing...
If the partner misses the release date for the next service pack, their hardware will not be supported within the whole product until 12-18 months later, when the next service pack is released.
In case of RHEL, the aim is to deliver updates about once a quarter. If an IHV comes with some cool feature which has to be supported, like CPUs running in lockstep or whatnot, it typically takes that long. But in case of something that is on track and just misses a release, it's only a 3 month delay.