Desktops and Notebooks: Intel's Ivy Bridge Chips Highlight Tri-Gate Transistor Architecture

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2012-04-25 Print this article Print
Ivy Bridge

Ivy Bridge

Kirk Skaugen, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel's PC Client Group, said there are more than 300 mobile products and 270 desktops powered by Ivy Bridge processors that will hit the market.
Intel executives have finally launched the first of the company's next-generation Ivy Bridge processors, a series of quad-core offerings that are aimed at high-end desktop systems. More versions, including chips for mobile devices, are expected to hit the market soon as Intel pushes an aggressive ramp schedule for the 22-nanometer processors. The processors are expected to bring better performance and significantly improved graphics capabilities over the company's current Sandy Bridge offerings. In addition, power consumption will be cut in half in some instances, thanks in large part to the introduction of Intel's 3D Tri-Gate transistor technology. The Ivy Bridge architecture is a significant step for Intel, giving it a technology that it can use to push its way into the booming mobile computing space currently dominated by chips designed by ARM Holdings. Intel executives also expect the processors to fuel adoption of Ultrabooks. CEO Paul Otellini has said there are more than 100 designs in the pipeline that will begin rolling out this spring. PC makers already are jumping on board. For example, Hewlett-Packard on April 23 announced six desktops that will be powered by the 3rd-Generation Core processors. Others, including Asus and Lenovo, also are supporting Ivy Bridge chips. (Images courtesy of Intel.)

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