Intel introduces first batch of Ivy Bridge processors

Apr 24, 2012 by Nancy Owano report
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(Phys.org) -- Intel officially launched its 22-nanometer Ivy Bridge family of processors on Monday -- well, sort of. A sea of news headlines using the words rollout and release can be measured with the fact that Intel has not yet issued the entire range of Ivy Bridge processors, but just the first wave.

What is officially off the assembly lines and available this month are its quad-core third-generation core processors destined for desktop and some other types of PCs. According to Intel’s wording, they are available now in "powerful, high-end desktop, laptop and sleek all-in-one (AIO) designs.”

While the full range is not yet available, the Monday announcement by Intel about Ivy Bridge, which is the newest chip technology from Intel, is considered as important news. Intel’s Ivy Bridge processors are the first to use its 22 nanometer (nm) tri-gate technology. With Ivy Bridge, Intel moves closer to the holy grail of “more muscles, less power,” said a blogger on seattlepi.com. Intel said the third-generation core chips operate with 50 percent less energy than Sandy Bridge. "This is the world's first 22 nanometer product and we'll be delivering about 20 percent more performance using 20 percent less average power," Kirk Skaugen, an Intel vice president, told the BBC.

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Intel watchers generally see Ivy Bridge as a notable development in silicon transistor design. Industry eyes, meantime, are also on the dual-core processors for ultrathin books and other designs that Intel will officially launch in months to come. While tablets like Apple’s iPad are attractive to many consumers, there is a contingent of business and professional knowledge workers who still prefer maintaining laptops and PCs for documentation and file-sharing. The trend looks more like full-performance lightweight laptops along with tablets rather than one form replacing the other. Analysts expect Intel's Ivy Bridge to have an impact on a revived notebook market. Intel Capital created a $300 million fund to support the “ultrabook” concept. According to EE Times, Intel defined the ultrabook category including a range of systems specifications on startup time, thickness, security features and other requirements.

The principal talking point outside Intel on Monday was on Ivy Bridge graphics. Its integrated graphics processing unit is expected to make editing videos faster and game play sharper. Observers see Ivy Bridge as proof that Intel gets the importance of seeing to it that graphics becomes a key area of improvement for its line of processors.

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Ivy Bridge supports 4K resolution-and observers see the chips as a challenge to AMD’s lead in graphics performance.

According to , the time line for Sandy Bridge availability is as follows: Systems based on quad-core processor products will be available beginning this month from system makers and resellers. “Additional versions” for servers, Ultrabook devices and other designs will be available “later this year.”

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Vendicar_Decarian
2.6 / 5 (5) Apr 24, 2012
Initial reports have Ivy Bridge processors performing below that of the previous generation of CPU's, and have graphic performance that is inferior to that of integrated AMD solutions.

Conduction path size on the CPU die is much wider than 22 nm which is being used for the transistors only according to sources who have used electron microscopy to look at the chip after the carrier surface had been removed.

Speculation is that the relatively poor CPU performance is the reason that Intel has already discounted the price of Ivy Bridge CPU's which are also less over-clockable than current Intel CPU's.

Using liquid helium as a coolent, one Ivy Bridge CPU has been overclocked to just over 6 Ghz.
islatas
5 / 5 (2) Apr 24, 2012
Are you sure you're not writing about AMD FX processors? Where did you see this information? Intel discounted the prices before they were even released?
DrGravitas
not rated yet Apr 24, 2012
From what I've read, the Ivy Bridge is only outclassed by the Sandy Bridge-E class processors (and then, only in well threaded applications where the six-core Sandy Bridge-E would be expected to out class a new quad-core.)

The Sandy Bridge Extreme processors are the high performance class of the processors, where as the current release of Ivy Bridge consists solely of their Mid tier offerings. The new Ivy Bridges do, however, outperform the Mid tier Sandy Bridges.
Vendicar_Decarian
1 / 5 (2) Apr 24, 2012
baudrunner
1 / 5 (1) Apr 24, 2012
I know people who have had the quad-core I7 for years. This article is nostalgia for those guys. I don't get it. If you want a good computer for little money, take a look at the 2nd generation dual-core I5. I've had one for a while and it cost me little. It's 32/64 and works great with Windows 7. Who cares what you're using, anyway? Do you use a computer, or do you just show it off? Some offices are still running fine with MS-DOS. The 486DX was a dream P.O.S. machine for a small business.
El_Nose
not rated yet Apr 24, 2012
@baudrunner

for years the general consumer has been subsidizing the cost of R&D for better scientific processors. Plain and simple. 98% of consumer applications have no need of the processing power from 7 years ago. the only people who are 'normal' and might NEED a high end processor are die hard gamers and graphics(video or static) editors. Out side of that engineers.

All others are in the scientific community, and i decline to include financial systems because when the problems get that hard its still a scientific effort.

Other than that you can continue to complain all you like -- but if you own a smartphone - then you are reaping the benefits of those years of R&D -- ubiquitous computing is here, its just waiting on the batteries to power it.
slayerwulfe
not rated yet Apr 25, 2012
i'm just going to start in with what is wrong with consumers subsidizing R&D when the more we use tech. the more affordable it is. none of you can predict what i use my computers for, Oh! yes windows 7 and smart phones for the prudential masses to communicate the mundane moments of their uninteresting existence,who is screwing who,WOW. for me as a student working offline is when things happen and we understand the value of (one) processor over another. i appreciate the companies that provide for me the tech i need, such as intel.
slayerwulfe
1 / 5 (1) Apr 25, 2012
as an after thought DOS hasn't exited for 20? yrs. find out what you are talking about before you speak.
NotAsleep
not rated yet Apr 27, 2012
DOS is still popular in older institutions with a system that works fine. They realized "if it works, why change?" You'll primarily find it in purchase order systems and other places where simple matrices capture all the data you need
Meyer
not rated yet May 01, 2012
the only people who are 'normal' and might NEED a high end processor are die hard gamers and graphics(video or static) editors. Out side of that engineers.

There's also speech recognition, text-to-speech, machine vision, little machine learning tasks embedded here and there in the OS and software, etc, which all improve with the availability of more CPU power. The general concept of "gossip with friends" stays the same, but the CPU doesn't necessarily go to waste even in a consumer system. Granted, it still does in many cases.

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