Even though Intel hasn't committed on any specific launch date for its upcoming Ivy Bridge processors and settled with saying that these will arrive in March or April of 2012, a recent report has now made its appearance that suggests the Santa Clara chips maker is considering March for the release of the chips.
The report cites a series of motherboard manufacturers that talked with the WCCF Tech website about Intel's launch scheduled for Ivy Bridge.
The initial processor lineup will be comprised of both dual and quad-core parts for various markets, including desktop and notebooks computers.
Ivy Bridge is the code name used for the 22nm die shrink of the current Sandy Bridge chips and features basically the same architecture, but with a few minor tweaks and improvements.
This includes a new on-die GPU that will come with full DirectX 11 support as well as with 30% more EUs than Sandy Bridge, in order to offer up to 60% faster performance that current Core CPUs according to Intel.
In addition, the processor cores have also received some minor tweaks as their AVX performance was slightly increased and Intel has updated the integrated PCI Express controller to the 3.0 standard.
In the mobile version of Ivy Bridge, all these improvements are paired with a configurable TDP design, which enables the CPU to greatly surpass its maximum thermal design power when additional cooling is provided (like when placed on a notebook cooling stand).
Together with the Ivy Bridge processors, Intel will also release the Z77, Z75, and H77 consumer PCH controllers, but the CPUs will also be compatible with the current LGA 1155 chipsets used for Sandy Bridge.
Intel's CEO, Paul Otellini, announced just recently that the company has started volume production of 22nm Ivy Bridge processors in the third quarter of 2011.