We know that the Ivy Bridge line of central processing unit will be launched on April 23, rumors say so anyway, but not all chips will appear on that date.
In fact, only a small batch of the processors is set for this unveiling, two weeks from now, even though the 22nm processors have already been delayed for months.
Still, getting mainstream desktop chips is better than nothing, especially for those who've already ordered (or bought) a suitable motherboard.
Nevertheless, since VR-Zone decided to report on what it knows about the later releases, we can't help but take a look into the matter ourselves.
The first chips that will follow the mainstream desktop parts are the mobile processors, in early summer (June).
High-end desktop and dual-socket workstation/server chips won't be available before the end of the year though.
In fact, it is possible that we will only see those mighty units only in 2013, perhaps during CES or some other event.
One of the chips will be an Ivy Bridge EP 10-core unit with 14-20% higher clock speeds than the Xeon E5 of today (2.4 GHz, 3 GHz, 3.3 GHz, +/- 100 MHz or so).
Also, the cache memory will be of either 25 MB or 30 MB, while the power consumption will go from 95W to 130W or thereabouts.
Moving on, Sandy Bridge EX will be skipped altogether, because of large multi-core dies and power concerns.
That means that Intel will jump straight to Ivy Bridge EX Xeon 7, with the Patsburg I/O chipset, DDR3-1600 server memory (probably DDR3-1866 too) and 15-16 cores with similar cache size as Ivy Bridge EP.
Clock frequencies probably won't climb much higher than 2.4 GHz (the maximum attained by the Westmere EX Xeon E7 4870), but the four memory controllers will have a new scalable memory buffer, leading to eight DDR3-1600 channels and 1.5TB memory per socket.
Intel Ivy Bridge CPU Range Complete by Next Year
It looks like high-end desktops and dual socket workstations have to wait
... so hot right now