Intel's Ivy Bridge is Here

Written by John Ponio    Monday, 23 April 2012 21:49

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If you're like me, you've been eagerly awaiting Intel's release of their Ivy Bridge processors, which are the 3D-transistor bearing successor to the popular Sandy Bridge line of Core processors. These new processors are built on a 22nm process, and that coupled with the 3D transistor means that they should cooler and more efficiently than previous processors. While performance gains on the processor side are just pretty good, the big thing is the integrated graphics that the chip uses. Intel HD 4000 graphics are actually quite powerful. According to Intel, it doubles the performance of the last generation that sported Intel HD 3000 graphics. Another nice feature of Ivy Bridge is the integrated USB 3.0 controller, which obviously delivers better performance than USB 2.0 and will make the motherboards cheaper since manufacturers don't have to buy USB 3.0 controllers and put them on their boards.

Kirk Skaugen, who is Intel's vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group, said, "The 3rd generation Intel Core processors were created from the ground up to generate exciting new experiences. Our engineers have exceeded our expectations by doubling the performance of media and graphics versus the best processors we’ve built until today, which means incredible new visual experiences are here for new all-in-one PCs and upcoming Ultrabook devices. What makes all this possible is the combination of Intel’s leading manufacturing and processor architecture, and our unwavering commitment to drive computing innovations forward."

The processors were officially launched today, and you should start seeing them in stores (or online) by the end of the month. The laptop, ultrabook, server, etc.. processors from the Ivy Bridge line haven't been released, however, but should be released later this year. If you want to read the whole press release, you can do so here