Intel Schedules Core i 3000 "Ivy Bridge" Desktop Processors Launch to Q2 2012

Intel Details First Breed of Desktop Core i "Ivy Bridge" Chips: Specifications Unleashed

by Anton Shilov
11/30/2011 | 11:46 PM

Intel Corp. has notified its partners about its decision to introduce of its next-generation code-named Ivy Bridge processors in the second quarter of 2012. Previously the company planned to release the Core i 3000-series central processing units (CPUs) for desktops in March - April timeframe, which left a possibility to unveil the chips in the first quarter.


The reasons why Intel decided to postpone the launch of the world's first desktop microprocessors made using 22nm transistors presumably to April from March are unclear. Perhaps, the company wants to ensure that there is no internal competition between existing Core i "Sandy Bridge" 2000 and future Core i "Ivy Bridge" 3000 chips. Maybe, the ramp up of brand new CPUs is taking longer than expected and Intel needs additional time to deliver enough products to the market.

Intel has also disclosed specifications of its next-gen Ivy Bridge chips for desktops to its partners. The initial family to be released in Q2 2012 will not include Core i3-3200-series chips and will consist of Core i7-3700 and Core i5-3500/3400 families. The inexpensive Core i3-3200 will be made available later in Q2 2011.

Ivy Bridge will generally inherit Sandy Bridge micro-architecture and will sport a rather significant number of improvements. Firstly, it will have certain improvements that will boost its performance in general applications by around 20% compared to Core i "Sandy Bridge" chips (e.g., enhanced AVX acceleration). Secondly, the forthcoming chip will have a new 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. Thirdly, Ivy Bridge will feature PCI Express 3.0 x16 interconnection as well as PCIe 2.0 x4 controller. In fourth, the processor will support a number of power management innovations. The CPU is made using 22nm process technology.

Intel did not comment on the news-story because the plans are not made public.