Apr 23

Intel launches 3rd-gen Core Ivy Bridge processors

London: Intel has officially launched the first wave of its Ivy Bridge processors with a new tri-gate transistor technology, touting the new chips as the “world’s first 22 nanometer product.”Intel Ivy Bridge

The chipmaker released 13 quad-core processors on Sunday and promised that new dual-core processors will arrive later in the spring. MacNN reports that the first batch of chips are from the Core i5 and i7 families.

“The momentum around the system design is pretty astonishing,” Intel’s PC business chief, Kirk Skaugen, who is spearheading the launch, told the BBC.

“There are more than 300 mobile products in development and more than 270 different desktops, many of which are all-in-one designs.

“This is the world’s first 22 nanometre product and we’ll be delivering about 20% more processor performance using 20% less average power.”

The firm has already built three factories to fabricate the new chips and a fourth will come online later this year.

“This is Intel’s fastest ramp ever,” Mr Skaugen added.

“There will be 50% more supply than we had early in the product cycle of our last generation, Sandy Bridge, a year ago. And we’re still constrained based on the amount of demand we’re seeing in the marketplace.”