Just when Sandy Bridge made its way to the market, Intel is already preparing for launching the next generation of processors — 22nm based Ivy Bridge line-up. First samples of these processors are said to ready by June 2011 and most like to be demonstrated an Computex 2011 exhibition in Taipei.
On the other hand, Ivy Bridge processors will hit the market only in Q4 2011/ Q1 2012. WE believe CES 2012 would be the right place and the time to do so. The new line-up will offer next get IGP supporting DircetX 11 API while graphics processor itself will have either 24 or 16 Execution Units (EU). Note, Sandy Bridge IGP has max 12 EU and supports only DirectX 10.1.
The basic aspects of Ivy Bridge architecture will be similar to Sandy Bridge: same integrated Dual-channel memory controller supporting DDR3 RAM and LGA 1155 Socket. Considering the last feature, current H67 and P67 motherboards should support Ivy Bridge processor after BIOS update.