Ivy Bridge, rumoured to have slipped outside Q1 2012 a little while ago may launch right at the start of Q2 with a rumoured date being the 8th of April. That date may fall on a Sunday but may be an indicator as to the actual period of release. Release dates are often moved backwards and forwards depending on the current situation as all the pieces needed for the launch fall into place and can still change within weeks of expected release.
The rumour comes from Anonymous Taiwanese PC makers as reported by Digitimes and the date or period, while believable, is somewhat vague so is worth getting your condiments of choice ready.
The Ivy Bridge product family set to come compiled by CPU-World.
The first wave of released products will consist of 25 CPUs (17 desktop, 8 notebook/ultrabook), 8 chipsets (Z77, H77, Z75 and B75 for desktops, HM77, UM77, HM76 and HM75 for mobile) with further products to be released later come May 2012.
Ivy Bridge is manufactured on Intel's 22nm process and will be using 3d 'Tri Gates' and will bring a myriad of benefits over current Sandy Bridge CPUs. Primary improvements over Sandy Bridge are the DX11.1 GPU and improved GPU performance, native PCI-E 3.0 and the 7 Series chipsets contain native USB 3.0.
Desktop Ivy Bridge CPUs are on the LGA 1155 socket and are compatible with 6 Series motherboards (where supported by manufacturer).