A leaked Intel roadmap has found its way onto the world wide wibble which shows that Intel’s Ivy Bridge-E will launch in the third quarter.
A leaked slide shows that the fashion bag maker plans to launch the chip just a few months after the fourth generation Haswell core and several weeks before the Paris fashion shows.
It looks like Intel wants to bring fast Sandy Bridge-E CPUs in the second quarter along with Haswell desktop processors and Ivy Bridge-E in the third.
If the roadmap is valid, Intel will launch CPUs for its Ivy Bridge-E HEDT platform throughout the second half of the year.
The chips would be compatible with the Socket LGA 2011 and X79 chipset, feature lots of crunchy L3 Cache and be built around between six to 12 cores.
The TDP would be the same as the Sandy Bridge-E but clock speeds and specifications would be better due to 22nm Tri Gate architecture.
The CPUs would use Quad Channel memory controllers and can support 8 GB of DDR3-1066/1333/1600/1866 per DIMM slot. PCI-express 3.0 would also be supported by the new processors churning out 40 lanes and four lanes for PCI-e 2.0.
It is fairly likely that the CPUs will launch under the Core i7-4900 branding. So we will see the Core i7-4930, Core i7-4960, Core i7-4970 and the Core i7-4990
It appears that Intel will use the HDET platform for the 22nm Ivy Bridge-E and will update its current Sandy Bridge-E lineup. It appears that the Core i7-3970X which was a higher clocked 3960X did not have enough bells and whistles for consumers. It is expected that there will be faster variants of the Core i7-3930K, Core i7-3820 and a new Extreme Edition processor built to replace the Core i7-3970X.
You can see the slides here and if you have a translator which can manage Chinese you can even read the article.