Tuesday, 24 April 2012 13:15

Intel's Ivy Bridge processors arrive


Intel has announced the third generation of its Core processor family, starting with nine Core i7 versions and five Core i5s.

Intel's normal practice is to change chip architecture and process size in alternate years. But the company has just announced a new set of processors (codenamed Ivy Bridge) that feature a revised version of the Sandy Bridge architecture and switch to a new 22nm 3-D transistor technology.

"The 3rd generation Intel Core processors were created from the ground up to generate exciting new experiences," said Kirk Skaugen, Intel vice president and general manager of the PC client group.

"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 new chips are the first to be manufactured at 22nm using Intel's 3-D tri-gate transistor technology. This allows for smaller transistors and greater power efficiency.

The initial announcement covered one Core i7 Extreme Edition processor for mobile use, eight Core i7s for mobile and desktop use, and five Core i5s for desktop use. They can be used with the ten new chipsets announced earlier this month, and with five new Centrino wireless chips.

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Additional models will be announced later this year for use in various types of systems, including servers and ultrabooks.

Other improvements in the third-generation Core processors include a true random number generator to make encryption more secure, hardware detection of certain privilege escalation attacks, improved graphics (up to twice the 3D performance of the previous generation), and faster video conversion thanks to Quick Sync Video 2.0 technology.

The new processors will be available at retail this month, along with systems based on them.

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Stephen Withers

Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.

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