Intel executives have said their "Ivy Bridge" chips will have significantly improved performance and energy efficiency, with better graphics capabilities.
reportedly is getting ready to release the first of its 22-nanometer "Ivy
Bridge" processors in the second quarter of 2012.
According to a
report on the X-bit
, Intel will roll out five of the Ivy Bridge
chips-three Core i5 processors for mainstream systems and two Core i7 chips for
high-performance computers-all but one of which will be quad-core processors.
They will range in speed from 3.1GHz to 3.5GHz, according to a chart in the X-bit Labs
report. Two of the i5 chips
will have 6MB of cache; the i7 offerings will have 8MB.
The Ivy Bridge
chips will be the follow-on to the current 32nm Sandy Bridge processors, which
were introduced in January at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show and were
the first to offer high-end graphics capabilities integrated onto the same
piece of silicon as the CPU. Intel officials have said that the Sandy Bridge
chips have been the fastest-ramping products in the chip maker's history.
executives have promised significant energy efficiency, performance and
graphics improvements in Ivy Bridge over the current Sandy Bridge offerings.
They have said performance could be boosted by as much as 37 percent, energy
efficiency by 50 percent and graphics performance by as much as 60 percent,
with support for DirectX 11 and OpenCL 1.1.
The Ivy Bridge
chips also will play a central role in Intel's aggressive push into the mobile
computing space in 2012. They will feature Intel's new Tri-Gate transistor architecture
three-dimensional structure that will help boost the chip's performance while
driving down electrical leakage and power consumption.
combination of better performance and lower power consumption, Intel is
positioning the Ivy Bridge chips as the technology that will help it break into
a booming mobile computing space that currently is dominated by chips designed
by ARM Holdings. Intel executives have said that the first Ivy Bridge chips
will appear in PCs and servers, but will start moving into other devices, such
as tablets and smartphones, at a later date.
They also will
be a driving force behind what Intel executives expect will be a rapidly
growing adoption of ultrabooks, very thin and light notebooks-championed by the
chip maker-that are designed to offer the advantages of traditional notebooks
as well as some of the features-from long battery life, instant-on
functionality and constant connectivity-as tablets.
introduced the ultrabook concept in May, and several vendors, including Acer,
Asus, Lenovo and Toshiba, already have rolled out systems based on the current
Sandy Bridge chips. While the systems offer many of the features that Intel
requires in ultrabooks, most do not come in under the $1,000 price, which the
vendor is targeting to help ultrabooks compete with Apple's Macbook Pros.
executives have said that the introduction of the Ivy Bridge chips will help
drive the next generation of ultrabooks in 2012, and have said they expect
dozens of ultrabook designs from various OEMs.