Intel’s Ivy Bridge CPUs are slated for a March 2012 release, according to a tip originating from motherboard manufactures. Initial product offerings are expected to include dual-core and quad-core parts as well as multiple new chipsets.
The new 22nm dual-core CPUs are said to have TDP ratings of 35W and 55W while the quad-core pieces will be rated at 45W, 65W and 77W, says DigiTimes. New chipsets include Z77 and Z75 to replace Z68 and P67 offerings. An H77 chipset will take the place of existing H67-based boards and Q77, Q75 and B75 chipsets will cover business models, replacing Q67, Q65 and B65 products.
Ivy Bridge is expected to offer a 20 percent overall performance boost over comparable Sandy Bridge CPUs on the processing side. A reworked internal GPU will produce 30 to 60 percent better overall graphics performance with DirectX 11 and OpenCL 1.1 support. The 22nm chip will also support 4K video resolutions, meaning the GPU (and supporting monitor) can run a video stream at up to 4096 x 4096 pixels (known as 4Kx4K), a feat that Intel claims Ivy Bridge can do with ease thanks to their Multi-Format Codec Engine called MFX.
During an earnings conference call earlier this week, Intel CEO Paul Otellini stated that volume production had already begun on Ivy Bridge and that the chip was on target for a late Q4 “qualification for sale” which is likely code that the company will send off samples to OEMs for final testing prior to a public launch.