Intel launches Ivy Bridge chips
By Nicole Kobie
Posted on 23 Apr 2012 at 09:53
Intel has launched its latest processors, dubbed Ivy Bridge.
The processor architecture promises better performance using less power. Intel claims Ivy Bridge will offer a 20% processing boost with a 20% cut to power use.
Ivy Bridge is a die shrink to the 22nm manufacturing process, in keeping with Intel's "tick tock" release cycle that sees a new architecture developed and then shrunk down every two years.
Ivy Bridge comes with some new features, notably its tri-gate transistor technology, which features a "3D design" that cuts power leakage. The processors also introduce the new HD Graphics 2500 and 4000 cores, which support DirectX 11 and Open GL 3.1.
Ivy Bridge is expected to help boost Ultrabooks, the thin ultraportable laptops Intel has invested $300m in developing alongside manufacturers. Intel has already said 75 Ivy Bridge Ultrabooks are in the works, and told the BBC that 300 mobile products and 270 desktops using the chips were in development.
Intel unveiled 13 quad-core processors, primarily for desktops, while the rest - including those for Ultrabooks - won't arrive until "later this spring".
The chip maker also promised plenty of supply, saying it was the firm's "fastest ramp ever".
It's great to know that they planned ahead for the launch. I have been waiting in hopes they may begin sales soon so it's good to know that they should not run out like the GTX 680s did so soon after release.
By Viper0hr on 23 Apr 2012
Good to know there will be a good supply!
By Viper0hr on 23 Apr 2012
So this is a news item telling me there will be some news at 5:00pm.
So Intel didn't embargo you telling us that you're embargoed - how sweet!
By milliganp on 23 Apr 2012
The embargo on reporting about the embargo was lifted at 9:53
By stuscott78 on 23 Apr 2012
What's annoying is...
It's absolutely pointless, none of us will be able to get our hands on them for another week, and most of the information has already been leaked anyway. Today isn't a launch of anything, it's just them telling us what we already knew, that they are available next week. Why they are launching it on a Sunday when noone can get hold of them anyway is plainly silly.
By David1981 on 23 Apr 2012
Is PC Pro Slipping
Normally look to PC Pro for all breaking tech news; this time you were beaten by the BBC and you even had to quote Intel's comments to the BBC. I look forward to a more in depth report when more detail is available. Is there no information on power draw / predictions of battery life 'v' performance for Laptops / 'Ultrabooks' based upon Ivybridge?
By neil_aky on 24 Apr 2012
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