Known to be missing out on both CES 2012 and CeBIT 2012, Intel's next-generation processor platform, codenamed Ivy Bridge, is now claimed to be rolling out on April 8th. Of course, April 8th is a Sunday so it's probable that the actual launch, accompanied by a long press release and a flurry of reviews, will be scheduled for Monday, the 9th of April.
According to Digitimes' Taiwanese sources, the first Ivy Bridge wave will include no less than 25 processors (17 desktop models and 8 notebook/ultrabook chips) and 8 chipsets (Z77, H77, Z75 and B75 for desktops, HM77, UM77, HM76 and HM75 for mobile PCs). More Ivy Bridge products, including the Core i5-3470T CPU and the Q77, Q75, QS77 and QM77 chipsets, are said to become available in May.
Price wise, the upcoming CPUs should pretty much cover the same spectrum as current, Sandy Bridge-based Core models - $184 to $332, while the chipsets will go from $37 for the B75 to $53 for the QS77 (the Z77 desktop 'flagship' is supposed to cost $48).
The Ivy Bridge CPUs are manufactured on 22nm process technology; they utilize 3D Tri-Gate transistors, they feature DirectX 11 graphics, and have an LGA 1155 packaging so they should work on current, 6 Series-based motherboards, provided BIOS updates will be supplied by manufacturers. As for the 7 Series chipsets, well, they come with native USB 3.0 support.
The chart below (courtesy of CPU-World) details some of the Ivy Bridge desktop processors that are in the pipeline.