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Intel Corp. on Monday introduced the world's first microprocessors made using 22nm tri-gate process technology. The new chips bring moderate performance boosts when compared to predecessors in general-purpose computing applications, but substantially reduced power consumption and tangibly improved built-in graphics adapter.

"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," said Kirk Skaugen, Intel vice president and general manager of the PC client group.

Intel's new Core i-series 3000-family code-named Ivy Bridge chip generally inherits Sandy Bridge micro-architecture, but also sports a rather significant number of evolutionary improvements. Firstly, it new instructions have potential to boost its performance in general applications by around 20% compared to Core i "Sandy Bridge" chips (e.g., enhanced AVX acceleration). Secondly, the latest Intel central processing units incorporate a brand new Intel HD Graphics 4000-series graphics core with DirectX 11 and OpenCL 1.1 support, 30% higher performance compared to the predecessor as well as new video processor and display controllers that support ultra high-definition resolution and other innovations. Thirdly, Ivy Bridge features PCI Express 3.0 x16 interconnection as well as PCIe 2.0 x4 controller. In fourth, the processor supports a number of power management innovations that either enable significant savings in power consumption or help to overclock the microprocessor.

The Ivy Bridge generation Intel Core processor also adds security features, including Intel Secure Key and Intel OS Guard to safeguard personal data and identity. Intel Secure Key consists of a digital random number generator that creates random numbers to strengthen encryption algorithms. Intel OS Guard helps defend against privilege escalation attacks where a hacker remotely takes over another person's system. These two features join existing platform security features such as Intel Identity Protection Technology (Intel IPT) and Intel Anti-Theft technology (Intel AT) to help make Intel platforms some of the most secure in the industry. When paired with the Intel 7-series chipset, the new processors with Intel IPT can make a portion of the screen unreadable to spyware with the “protected transaction display” feature, helping prevent a hacker from obtaining login credentials that could lead to identity theft.

As reported previously, it will take Intel a while to roll-out the whole family of 22nm chips. Quad-core Intel Core i5 and Core i7 3000-series "Ivy Bridge" processors are available starting today in powerful, high-end desktop, laptop, and all-in-one designs. In the coming months, additional versions of the Intel Core i 3000-series processors will be available to power a new wave of systems ranging from ultrabook devices, to servers and intelligent systems in retail, healthcare and other industries.

Tags: Intel, 22nm, Ivy Bridge, Core, Sandy Bridge

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IMO, Intel did the mistake with taking the standard (and fool) strategy to replace old parts in desktop and mobile market simultaneously and equally.
Much better strategy would has been to substitute completely mobile parts firstly, and desktop lately (after finishing with mobiles) or leave it until Haswell at all. In a year 22nm will get much better yeilds for sure, and Intel will have much more 22nm output.
2 0 [Posted by: Azazel  | Date: 04/23/12 09:12:09 PM]
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That would be better for customers ... .And Intel dont want that. They show you the same approach when they switch the while lineup on Sandy Bridge. They have higher revenue this way.

The old more sane approach was there when they had competition to fight with. But now when real competition is out of the picture and when DAMN is fabless corp they simply don't see them as real competition. And if we add to that design failure of long carried out Bulldozer CPU then Intel has nothing to fear about their 22nm process even if it's worst in history and not quite the opposite.

Intel first raise up prices of their old SKUs, or put their prices virtually flat by cooling down IvyBridge for whole quarter, and not obsoleting them. And only now they released their new SKUs, when they have large enough pile to successfully manipulate prices with their 22nm product line. Which also need a new chipset Z77,H77 and Z75 to go along with them. Ever repeating history.
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 04/27/12 09:55:30 AM]
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still going to needs a graphic card. This is a fail.Surely they can do better than an AMD A series.
1 2 [Posted by: tedstoy  | Date: 04/23/12 09:12:42 PM]
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Fail ,AMD have a chance now.
1 3 [Posted by: Blackcode  | Date: 04/24/12 03:07:30 AM]
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Must say I'm also not inclined to being impressed by Ivy on desktops. There are some (minor for most) benefits and obviously there's no point in buying into Sandy now that Ivy is out at pretty much same price points, but those looking to upgrade (including me) will probably be waiting for Intel to make a more decisive move. I guess it'll have to be Haswell then and a new socket 1150 that comes with it sometime March 2013. They could've done it now also if they just stuck to the same or just slightly lower TDPs compared to Sandy. Then this would have been a Piledriver killer and an absolute must have (think of stock frequencies starting at 4GHz, mid range at around 4.4GHz and high-end at 4.9GHz), provided they would still sell at same price points, which I see no reason why they couldn't. What they have done now is just a minor refresh, though and we can't expect future Ivy-E parts bringing much new to the table either. Opportunity lost...
1 0 [Posted by: MyK  | Date: 04/24/12 01:59:01 PM]
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there's one thing i don't get.
why on earth you need a killer top-of-the-line i7 and strong IGP. why? if you don't game, then you'll need something, but the base model would be enough.

and other way round, i may play occasional game or two and probably wouldn't need add-on card on mid or low spec CPU and there the better IGP would suit better.

i just don't get the point why they cut IGP perfomance on different CPU-s.

and then: too many models. way too many.
65W or 77W tdp? there's hardly any difference and even worse, i'm 100% sure that it runs max TDP50W when stressed anyway. intel's been overspeccing TDP-s for some time.
0 1 [Posted by: highq  | Date: 04/25/12 05:58:55 AM]
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i just don't get the point why they cut IGP perfomance on different CPU-s.

and then: too many models. way too many.


just five words: To better manipulate the market.


p.s. they never obsoleted their Sandy Bridge SKUs and let them have significant price drops when there's no real competition
0 0 [Posted by: OmegaHuman  | Date: 04/27/12 10:04:45 AM]
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