IntelWW03007 Intels desktop roadmap for the next 12 months leaked

Generally roadmap leaks tend to entail various snippets here and there or a few slides, but as it happens, Intel's desktop roadmap for the next 12 months have turned up online and although it's far from complete, it gives us a really good look at what Intel is working on. We've tried to sum up the most important parts here, although there's far too much information to cover in a single post.

Generally roadmap leaks tend to entail various snippets here and there or a few slides, but as it happens, Intel's desktop roadmap for the next 12 months have turned up online and although it's far from complete, it gives us a really good look at what Intel is working on. We've tried to sum up the most important parts here, although there's far too much information to cover in a single post.

The roadmap appeared over at HWbot and it's already a couple of weeks old, but stretches all the way until Q4 of next year. That said it's not covering every single product Intel has planned for the desktop space until then and in general the information should be good for at least the next two quarters. We've already posted the specifics regarding the Ivy Bridge processors, but there are some things we'd still like to highlight that the full roadmap has made clear.

IntelWW03007 Intels desktop roadmap for the next 12 months leaked

The Ivy Bridge launch in Q2'12 will not consist of the entire line-up of CPUs, as a few of the models we're already aware of won't arrive until Q3, more specifically the Core i5-3570 and 3470. As such, if you want the fastest Core i5 at launch, you have to go with the K SKU. What wasn't part of the earlier leaks were the lower-end processors and it looks like Intel will introduce a few Ivy Bridge based models in Q2, with more arriving in Q3, although no specifics are detailed in this roadmap. As for the Pentiums we have to wait until Q3 and only a single SKU appears to be launched then.

As for Sandy Bridge, it looks like Intel will phase out its high-end Core i7 and Core i5 parts almost immediately after the launch of Ivy Bridge with the Core i5-2300 being the first one to go, whereas when it comes to the Core i3 market segment they get to live on until Q3. As for the Pentiums and Celeron's Sandy Bridge looks set to be around until at least the end of next year. Intel should be launcher higher clocked iterations of many of these CPUs before then, although the roadmap once again doesn't provide any specifics as to what to expect.

IntelWW03008 Intels desktop roadmap for the next 12 months leaked

The only thing we know for sure is that Intel is set to release the Celeron G460 come the 11th of December which is Intel's first Sandy Bridge based Celeron processor with Hyper Threading support. It's a 1.8GHz part with a peculiar 1.5MB of cache; otherwise it appears to be identical to the Celeron G440. Moving on to the Atom processors Intel has come up with a tweaked version of the D2500 called the D2550. It's something of a hybrid between the D2500 and D2700 with the same core clock speeds as the D2500 (1.86GHz) but the same GPU as the D2700 which is clocked at 640MHz rather than 400MHz for the D2500. The simple reason this model even exists is because the D2500's GPU is apparently too slow to handle Blu-ray playback.

There appears to have been some confusion as to what will launch when as well and we did some asking around to try and clear things up. The consumer desktop parts will arrive in April as suggested for quite some time by now, with the Z77, Z75 and H77 chipsets. It looks as if it'll be a slightly limited launch with Intel focusing on the K SKU CPUs. The business chipsets, the Q77, Q75 and B75 alongside with the standard Wattage mobile parts aren't expected to arrive until May though, but it's possible that we'll see the ULV parts for Ultrabooks arrive earlier due to Intel seeing this as the future of notebooks.