Ivy Bridge Ivy Bridge reportedly launching on the 8th of April

As we've already reported, Intel is about to launch Ivy Bridge in early April and although we didn't specify a date in our earlier stories, Digitimes has now confirmed the April 8th launch date that we'd previously heard. This information is apparently coming from Taiwanese PC makers and we'd say it's pretty much spot on, unless Intel makes some last minute changes to the launch schedule.

As we've already reported, Intel is about to launch Ivy Bridge in early April and although we didn't specify a date in our earlier stories, Digitimes has now confirmed the April 8th launch date that we'd previously heard. This information is apparently coming from Taiwanese PC makers and we'd say it's pretty much spot on, unless Intel makes some last minute changes to the launch schedule.

Not all CPUs and chipsets will launch on the 8th of April, as some models alongside with the business chipsets are expected on the 13th of May according to Digitimes. Most of the desktop CPUs will be available in April, although on the mobile side only the quad core Core i7 models are expected to arrive in April, with all other models launching at a yet unspecified date.

It's not entirely clear why Intel is staggering the launch like this, but as we know, Intel is trying to empty its Sandy Bridge inventory and this might very well be part of the reason. One interesting piece of information that Digitimes did provide is the cost of the chipsets, with the Z77, HM77 and UM77 coming in at US$48, followed by the H77 and HM76 at US$43, the Z75 and HM75 at US$40 and finally the business orientated B75 at US$37. The corporate level chipsets start at US$53 with the QS77 followed by Q77 and QM77 at US$48 and the Q75 at US$40.

This puts the chipset pricing at a similar level to the 6-series where the Z68 chipsets has a list price of US$48 with the H67 at US$43, the P67 at US$40 and the B65 at US$37. The same goes for the mobile parts where the HM67 is listed at US$48 and HM65 at US$40, although the UM67 is actually a bit pricier at US$50. That said, these are all list prices and may not reflect what the actual motherboard and notebook manufacturers are paying Intel.

Source: Digitimes