by Anton Shilov
02/27/2012 | 07:17 PM
Intel Corp.'s next-generation microprocessors will not only become available later than expected, but will ramp up relatively slowly, according to sources with knowledge of Intel's plans. Apparently, the first Ivy Bridge chips will only emerge in late April, 2012, whereas the roll-out will be completed, e.g., Ivy Bridge will be available for all market segments, late in 2012.
The world's largest maker of chips will roll out the first quad-core Core i7-3000 "Ivy Bridge" microprocessors for desktops and laptops on April 29, 2012, according to sources with knowledge of Intel's plans. The company will expand its family of 22nm microprocessors on the third of June with mobile dual-core Core i5/i7c as well as desktop quad-core Core i5 central processing units. The remaining chips, such as mobile dual-core as well as desktop Core i3, will be launched in summer and fall, respectively.
Previously, Intel planned to start selling its Ivy Bridge CPUs on April 8, 2012, but then decided to delay sales by several weeks. Interestingly, but the company still intends to initiate sales of its next-gen 7-series chipsets in early April in a bid to get ready for new processors.
Intel did not comment on the news-story and the reasons behind Ivy Bridge delay are not completely clear. Since the chip is made using brand-new 22nm process technology, it is possible that Intel ran into yield issues or the ramp of new production technology takes longer than expected for reasons that are not fully controlled by the chip giant.
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.