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Intel may have delayed the launch of Ivy Bridge processors until the end of April, but it still hasn't stopped from publishing its Spring 2012 processor lineup. Ivy Bridge's motherboards are set to launch on April 8 with Intel 7 Series Z77, Z75, H77 and B75 chipsets. The processors will be backwards compatible with Intel 6 Series Z68, H67, P67 and H61 chipset based boards, with an appropriate UEFI update. Intel 6 Series Q67, Q65 and B65 chipset based motherboards will NOT be reconfigured to support Ivy Bridge processors. The 7 Series chipsets will support current LGA 1155 processors.
Ivy Bridge will feature Intel's Turbo Boost technology 2.0 and with Built-in Visual. Built-in Visual is a suite of enhancements built into the processor, which includes Intel's Quick Sync, HD Graphics and Wireless Display features. As discussed previously, Ivy Bridge is based on 22nm 3-D Tri-Gate Transistor Technology and will have a TDP of 77 watts.
For desktop platform, Intel plans to introduce no fewer than 17 processors with Ivy Bridge. The new Core i7′s & i5′s will carry the 3000-series tag with two to four cores. The Core i7 utilizes Intel's HD Graphics 4000 and the Core i5 use either the HD Graphics 2500 and 4000 integrated graphics. The final specifications for the Core i7′s & i5′s were not too far off from the leaked information provided in December.
In review of the Spring 2012 lineup, the new Ivy Bridge Core i3 processors are not listed. This would lead us to believe that the i3′s are set to release in late spring or early summer.