Intel Ships 13 Ivy Bridge Processors - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Infrastructure // PC & Servers
12:58 PM
Connect Directly

Intel Ships 13 Ivy Bridge Processors

Intel's quad-core chips are designed for desktop systems and provide twice the graphics performance of earlier processors.

10 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
10 Things Tablets Still Can't Do
(click image for larger view and for slideshow)
Intel Monday officially released its line of Ivy Bridge processors, which are to be built on the company's 22-nm tri-gate transistor process. Announced last year, Intel's new tri-gate technology allows the company to build smaller transistors that run faster and consume less power than ones built with previous technologies.

Intel said that 13 quad-core Ivy Bridge processors all aimed at desktop systems would be available immediately. The processors will fall into Intel's Core i5 and i7 families and represent the third generation of the Core architecture. Dual-core chips more appropriate for notebooks such as those built on Intel's ultrabook concept will be released later in the spring, according to company officials. The delay is largely due to excess inventory of Sandy Bridge dual core chips.

By using its tri-gate technology, Intel claims a 20% improvement in performance and energy efficiency. Intel says that its tri-gate manufacturing facilities are coming on line more quickly than any of its previous technologies. The company reports that three plants are now producing the tri-gate chips and that a fourth will be online soon.

[ What is tri-gate? See Intel Makes 3-D Transistors Reality. ]

Independent performance numbers are not yet available for the chip, but the Ivy Bridge design includes important enhancements over its Sandy Bridge predecessor. Notable enhancements include: support for PCI Express 3.0, support for faster and lower-power RAM, and more graphical execution units known as GPUs.

The most significant improvement in performance is expected to come in the chip's graphics subsystem. Faster technology and an additional four GPUs will allow the chip to handle higher resolution displays. Intel now says to expect two times the performance of its existing subsystem, which is about 30% better than Intel had been promising.

Intel says it is tracking over 600 designs based on the Ivy Bridge chips.

Our State Of Storage 2012 report highlights promising new technologies that aren't yet on most respondents' radar and offers advice as you plan your 2012 storage strategy. (Free registration required.)

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Top 10 Data and Analytics Trends for 2021
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  11/13/2020
Where Cloud Spending Might Grow in 2021 and Post-Pandemic
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  11/19/2020
The Ever-Expanding List of C-Level Technology Positions
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  11/10/2020
White Papers
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Current Issue
Why Chatbots Are So Popular Right Now
In this IT Trend Report, you will learn more about why chatbots are gaining traction within businesses, particularly while a pandemic is impacting the world.
Flash Poll