Ivy Bridge is the successor to Intel's Sandy Bridge platform, and will come in the form of updated chipsets and CPUs. Ivy Bridge will also make use of the same socket and pin configuration as Sandy Bridge (LGA 1155) and the Sandy Bridge CPUs will be compatible in the new Panther Point chipset. More information on the 22nm, first of their kind, Ivy Bridge CPUs will be forthcoming, but today we have the first glimpse of information on the supporting chipset.
Intel's Panther Point will support Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge CPUs and will utilise SATA 6 GB/s, hopefully this time without the problems of the Cougar Point chipset that we saw in January. PCIe 2.0 (no 3.0 for this chipset) is supported at 5 GT/s and there will be support for 3 displays via HDMI 1.4 (i.e. support for 1080p 3D), DisplayPort 1.1 and most likely DVI or VGA. USB 2.0 and 3.0 are also supported.
Production is slated for Q4 2011 and so we should expect a release of the new parts in early 2012.
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