Intel’s spiffy Sandy Bridge processors haven’t even been available for a year yet, and already their doomsday clock is ticking. Ivy Bridge, the slimmer, trimmer 22nm next generation version of Intel’s 32nm Sandy Bridge processors, are barreling down fast. So fast, in fact, that you can already pick up motherboards built to accommodate Ivy Bridge’s PCIe 3.0 support. But when is Ivy Bridge actually going to hit? Intel will only say “Early 2012,” but one source claims to know a more specific time frame. DigiTimes (and its as-always anonymous sources) says that we can expect to see Ivy Bridge hit the streets by March at earliest. No January CES-timed launches this time around, folks. If the report is true, the inclusion of Intel’s energy efficient tri-gate transistor technology has paid off: the same sources report that quad-core Ivy Bridge processors will use just 45W, 65W and 77W of thermal design power. Smaller dual-core processors, on the other hand, will allegedly run at 35W and 55W.