Intel Ivy Bridge
Intel’s next-generation Ivy Bridge processors, scheduled to hit the market during the first half of 2012, are said by the chipmaker to be the world’s first 3D tri-gate transistors built using a 22-nanometer process. Intel’s new chip series will reportedly deliver up to 15 to 20 percent higher performance than its Sandy Bridge chips, along with 100 MHz to 300 MHz higher turbo boost frequencies. In addition to speed, Ivy Bridge CPUs offer 20 percent lower TDP (Thermal Design Power) to ensure efficiency.
Perhaps the biggest surprise seen with the new chipset, however, is its price point: while Intel hasn’t released official details just yet, many reports are suggesting that Ivy Bridge prices will increase only slightly (if at all) from those of the Sandy Bridge series.