Intel Ivy Bridge To Be Officially Launched On March 6th?
[Now this is funny. As much as I wish it were true, it's highly likely that the event is the Romley release which is scheduled to coincide with CEBIT 2012 which starts on March 6th. It is curious that the event is in London while CEBIT is in Hanover, Germany...]
"We just received an invite from Intel regarding a "major" product launch event which will take place on the 6th of March in a "central London" location; the product is most probably the "tick" alter ego of Sandy Bridge, i.e, Ivy Bridge.
The email mentions that it will be "one of the company's key product launches of the year, featuring demos and keynotes by Intel executives and other leading industry figures".
Ivy Bridge is the codename for the 22nm die shrink iteration of the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture - which stands at 32nm - and the first to use tri-gate transistors which were showcased back in May 2011 on an Ivy Bridge prototype.
A new platform controller hub known as Panther Point is also expected to be launched at the same time with integrated USB 3.0.
Apart from the usual "better performance" mantra, Ivy Brige is expected to support PCI Express 3.0 natively, a maximum clock speed of up to 3.5GHz and a significantly improved graphics core known as the HD4000.
According to reports from Anandtech, Nordic Hardware and CPU-World; nearly 30 mobile and desktop Ivy Bridge processors will be launched with TDPs ranging from 17W to 77W; performance wise, Ivy bridge is expected to be 20 per cent faster in CPU performance and achieve a 30 per cent jump in GPU performance than its predecessor."
I think that you are right about a Romely Intro rather than Ivy Bridge. Romley is a 32nm product with a relatively low volume that should be available in sufficient quantities.
When Ivy Bridge is introduced, Intel will need to have sufficient quantities to convert the Sandy Bridge market very quickly. If there is a hicup in the 22nm process, Intel will have a tough time selling Sandy Bridge to customers who are demanding Ivy Bridge.
WHEN Intel introduces Ivy Bridge, it will signal to the industry the health of the 22nm process. It will have to be very healthy for Intel to introduce.
IF, the March 6th event is a 22nm product, that will be very, very positive for Intel.