Few months ago, rumors appeared that Intel is going to delay the launch of their 22nm Ivy Bridge processors from January to March 2012. Ultimately, the rumors of March delay came untrue: according to a leaked roadmap document, Intel pushed the launch into the second quarter 2012, i.e. April/May timeframe.

Intel Ivy Bridge processors start appearing only in the second quarter of next year, i.e. April/May/June timeframe
Intel Ivy Bridge processors start appearing only in the second quarter of next year, i.e. April/May/June timeframe

Ivy Bridge processors will be known as the 3000 series, for example entry-level Core i3-3200, i5-3550 or the highest-clocked i7-3770K.

Comparison between different Ivy Bridge processors

The clock speeds will vary from 2.7GHz for low-power version of i3-3330S all the way to 3.5GHz. Turbo Boost 2.0 raising those clocks anywhere from 3.2 to 3.9GHz, giving between 200 and 500MHz boost in clock. All the models now officially support the prevailing DDR3-1600 memory standard.

The parts were scheduled to debut in January 2012, but as the time passed by, Intel wanted to extract as much money as possible from the existing Sugar Bay platform and the Sandy Bridge architecture, with both bringing record profits for the company. Bear in mind that Sandy Bridge lost almost a quarter after the infamous chipset recall at the beginning of 2011. The chipset is launching without PCIe 3.0, and we already covered the integration of USB 3.0 and puny two SATA-6G ports.

Improvements between 32nm Sandy Bridge/Sugar Bay and 22nm Ivy Bridge/Maho Bay platforms
Improvements between 32nm Sandy Bridge/Sugar Bay and 22nm Ivy Bridge/Maho Bay platforms

Furthermore, the platform just needed development time to complete the complete 2012 platform (Maho Bay) and processor (Ivy Bridge). This wasn’t helped by a wave of retirements that started to happen at Intel, as the original baby boomers (joined Intel in 1970 and 1980s) are beginning to leave the company.

Additionally, the company needs time to develop drivers for the graphics part. After all is said and done, Ivy Bridge will debut in May 2012 timeframe alongside Maho Bay platform i.e. B75, Q75 and Q77 chipsets.