Ivy Bridge In 3-D
Intel's launch this week of Ivy Bridge, its ultra-thin, ultra-efficient processors for desktop and mobile devices, ushers in an era of smaller, more powerful and power-efficient application processors. According to a report by system researcher and UBM Channel sister company UBM TechInsights, Intel's 3-D Tri-Gate technology and its ability to be mass produced using the 22nm process makes possible a further transition to 14nm and even 10nm nodes.
What you're seeing isn't a colorized satellite photo of some inner city. It's the actual high-end Ivy Bridge die, complete with four processor cores, 8 MB shared L3 cache, memory controller unit and an Intel HD Graphics 4000 graphics processor. Ivy Bridge is the first Intel processor series with direct support for DirectX 11, Microsoft's latest graphics and multimedia APIs.