Intel’s 22nm Ivy Bridge Processors launching in March 2012, Flagship Quad Core to feature 77W TDP
Reports from various motherboard manufacturer's suggest that Intel would be launching its Next Generation 22nm based Ivy Bridge Processors as early in March 2012 which will include both Quad Core and Dual Core models.
The Ivy Bridge Processors would not only be compatible with Z77, Z75, H77 Chipset based motherboard but would also be backward compatible with past gen Z68 based motherboards which currently support the Sandy Bridge Processors.
Intel also released a roadmap which details the different performance and price segments their Ivy bridge processors would fall in. The Flagship Quad Core CPU featuring an Unlocked Multiplier would be targeted towards enthusiasts featuring only 77W TDP design, Other Quad Core samples would include 65 and 45W TDP based processors which will come in K and Non-K variants. Similarly, Two Dual Core processors would also be available at launch featuring 55W-35W TDP Designs. The clock speeds remain unknown.
All these new processors would use the Core i7/i5/i3 3*** Series Branding. The mobile variants haven't been detailed yet but the Physical models were exposed a while ago which we detailed here.
A Q1/Q2 2012 launch also looks very realistic since Intel's CEO Paul Otellini confirmed yesterday that the company has already started Mass Production of 22nm Ivy Bridge Chips (Details at Xbit labs).
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