Digitimes has reported that according to Taiwanese PC makers, Intel is set to launch its 22nm Ivy Bridge processors on or around April 8 next year. For the launch, there will be a total of 25 CPUs: 17 of them are desktop models while the remaining eight are designated for notebooks and ultrabooks. The desktop offerings will include the processors tabulated below; however, the details of the other 6 desktop CPUS are currently not available.
With the on-hand information, the following processors should be available at the launch.
The Core i5-3470T should be available in May 2012 for US$184. According to Digitimes' sources, the desktop chipsets on the agenda include Z77 (US$48), H77 (US$43), Z75 (US$40) and B75 (US$37), with Q77 (US$44) and Q75 (US$40) which are supposedly available on May 13.
The mobile processors Core i7-3920QM (CPU World has listed its SKU as Core i7-3920XM), 3820QM and 3720QM will be available for US$1,096, US$568 and US$378 respectively. The other mobile CPUs are:
The ultrabook-specific Core i7-3667U and Core i5-3427U will be unveiled at a later date. Accompanying notebook chipsets HM77 (US$48), UM77 (US$48), HM76 (US$43) and HM75 (US$40) are coming in early April next year. QS77 (US$53) and QM77 (US$48) are expected to be available in the following month of May.
Besides sporting a die shrink, courtesy of the 22nm fabrication process, the Ivy Bridge CPUs are expected to offer about 11 to 18% overall performance boost over comparable Sandy Bridge CPUs on the processing side. With a reworked internal GPU, Intel promises an even more immersive graphical experience with Ivy Bridge. The built-in graphics processor will now support DirectX 11 as well as OpenCL 1.1.