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Intel May Show Ivy Bridge CPUs at Computex

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Intel's upcoming Ivy Bridge platform may show its face come May 30.

Intel is reportedly gearing up to showcase its 22 nm next-generation processors based on the Ivy Bridge architecture soon, possibly during Computex Taipei 2011 taking place from May 30 to June 4. Actual processors aren't expected to hit the market until the first half of 2012, keeping in tune with Intel's yearly release schedule.

Ivy Bridge's appearance seems rather premature, given that Intel just launched the 32 nm Sandy Bridge platform during CES 2011 back in January. However, the architecture will remain similar tos Sandy Bridge, but reduced down to a smaller die thanks to 22 nm manufacturing. Thus, the Ivy Bridge chips will be smaller but are expected to provide an increased performance per watt. The processors will also be compatible with the LGA1155 interface.

Additional reports indicate that Ivy Bridge will bring a DirectX 11-compatible graphics core combined with the second-generation QuickSync video technology. Ivy Bridge will also reportedly have 24 execution units compared to 12 today, and include HDMI 1.4 output. Integrated subsystems are also expected to receive improvements with the addition of native support for 1600 MHz DDR3 and PCIe 3.0. Overall performance is expected to increase 20 to 30-percent over the equivalent Core processors released in 2011.

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    iam2thecrowe , February 8, 2011 11:45 PM
    c'mon AMD, if you dont release bulldozer soon, it will be too late for you.
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    jimmysmitty , February 8, 2011 11:51 PM
    Even with BD it might not pan well for AMD. I have hopes for BD but have a feeling that on a core per core, clock per clock level, Sandy Bridge will be faster and therfore Ivy Bridge will be too.

    As for efficiency, I doubt AMDs first generation HK/MG and early 32nm process will be more efficient than Gulftown let alone Sandy Bridge. And Intels 22nm looks to be amazingly efficient.

    Add in the fact that Ivy Bridge will drop into current LGA1155 mobos and its hard to say where AMD will be with BD since BD will only work on AM3+.
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    eklipz330 , February 9, 2011 12:03 AM
    omg 22nm already? i honestly thought that transistor shrinks were going to slow down like hell after 32nm.... but WOW!!!

    and for those who don't know, the longest molecule strand known to man is 22nm long!! i forget where i read it though. but it was on the internet, so you know it was the truth
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    Bigmac80 , February 9, 2011 12:07 AM
    So Ivy Bridge will work on 1155 platforms?
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    kcorp2003 , February 9, 2011 12:08 AM
    I was planning my next build around the New Micro architecture (Haswell) in 2012-13 but given the situation (BF3 namely) i might just go with Ivy bridge. If AMD get their act together with Bulldozer and their HD7000 series on the 28nm chip for Q4 2011, then its AMD build all the way. But thats wishful thinking I am seeing more of a Ivy bridge + HD7000s in my future build.
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    kcorp2003 , February 9, 2011 12:13 AM


    4nm by 2022.
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    HansVonOhain , February 9, 2011 12:16 AM
    kcorp20034nm by 2022.


    You fail. By the time you reach those sizes, the interconnect paths are going to be limited by electron traveling. Those are the complications of Quantum Computing. By that time, there is going to be a new medium built instead of silicon wafer.
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    Anonymous , February 9, 2011 12:46 AM
    @jimmysmitty

    now if i recall correctly Brazo (fusion) was originally planned for 32nm but due to fab issues had to use 40 odd nm, AMD instead of growing the die size decided to optimize the chip instead and was able to achieve comparable performance without growing the die size at all, that tells me that fusion (in the brazo guise) has significant headroom for when it does go 32nm

    yes current gen AMD chips are behind the curve on performance but there is a significant amount of real estate that becomes available when they go to 32nm, just filling that out with transistor count will get you some performance boost, but with an optimized new architecture there is potential for some real good performance gains to be had, not saying they will deliver just saying logically it's plausible
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    jprahman , February 9, 2011 12:46 AM
    AMD certainly has their work cut out for them. Bulldozer's release in a few months will be AMDs rollout of their 32nm fabricated chips, and now Intel is already going to be releasing 22nm chips ~6-9 months later. Intel's massive R&D budget is showing up quite clearly.

    kcorp20034nm by 2022.

    Not going to happen. After you pass a certain component size quantum tunneling get so bad that further process shrinks are nearly impossible. Basically quantum tunneling means that electrons pass through the insulating dielectric materials and large leakage currents result, much higher than what we currently see. If I recall correctly 16nm is the smallest process that can be achieved with conventional silicon technology. Further miniaturization and clock speed increases will require the use of new materials like graphene.


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    kilo_17 , February 9, 2011 12:53 AM
    @iam2thecrowe
    Exactly. AMD better hurry up, Intel's getting farther ahead of them.
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    Bigmac80 , February 9, 2011 1:31 AM
    AMD is in trouble knowing that the 1155 platforms are already cheap.
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    jprahman , February 9, 2011 1:37 AM
    Because the chipset is faulty. :p  lol
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    dan55 , February 9, 2011 1:57 AM
    mayankleoboy1the ivy bridge will cannibalize the sales of sandy bridge. but the consumer wins!


    Not really. Ivy Bridge is pretty new tech, and will be considerably more expensive. It'll probably be like the i7-900 series were initially, with prices on the higher side. And, they are only going to be extremely high end procs too, as Intel has said that Ivy Bridge will be 6 and 8 core processors. Cheaper than 980x, but probably still not any where close to the amazing prices of current Sandy Bridge.
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    aaron88_7 , February 9, 2011 2:23 AM
    mayankleoboy1the ivy bridge will cannibalize the sales of sandy bridge. but the consumer wins!

    What makes you think Ivy bridge will be anywhere below the ass-raping price range? Intel isn't going to be price competitive with their own line of chips, I'd be surprised to see any Ivy bridge chips fall under the $500 range, at most maybe one or 2 of their slower clocked non-k versions.

    The only competition will be from AMD's Bulldozer if it can compete performance wise. If it can't keep up then it doesn't matter what price AMD charges, many people will stick with Intel for their speed despite the cost. In other words, if Bulldozer doesn't perform well, the consumer looses.
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    joytech22 , February 9, 2011 2:37 AM
    AMD's already in a world of trouble with their late release dates, I'm currently the sad owner of a dying CPU manufacturer's CPU..

    The only way AMD's going to catch up is if they re-invent the cpu in terms of performance, and it's not looking good.
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    notsleep , February 9, 2011 2:52 AM
    i dunno. to me you can get an amd hexa core for $199.99 (1090T) versus intel hexa core for $999.99 (980X) today. 45 nm versus 32 nm (13 nm diff) isn't such a big jump like 65 nm to 45 nm (20 nm diff).

    now going from 45 nm to ivy's 22nm (23 nm diff) is well worth it to me. no sandy bridges prices on newegg atm to compare i guess due to intel recall being in effect.

    i really hope amd comes through with bulldozer. it really is their last straw. after that, intel will sell cpus for $1000 without competition if amd falls. if it weren't for amd's hexa core alternative, the only way you can buy hexa core is through intel $999.99 asking price. competition is good for consumer people.
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    kcorp2003 , February 9, 2011 2:59 AM
    HansVonOhainYou fail. By the time you reach those sizes, the interconnect paths are going to be limited by electron traveling. Those are the complications of Quantum Computing. By that time, there is going to be a new medium built instead of silicon wafer.




    intel themselves set this goal for 2022 @ 4nm
    This tech site covered it

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/20090822094141_Intel_Outlines_Process_Technology_Roadmap.html
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    kcorp2003 , February 9, 2011 3:00 AM
    jprahmanNot going to happen. After you pass a certain component size quantum tunneling get so bad that further process shrinks are nearly impossible. Basically quantum tunneling means that electrons pass through the insulating dielectric materials and large leakage currents result, much higher than what we currently see. If I recall correctly 16nm is the smallest process that can be achieved with conventional silicon technology. Further miniaturization and clock speed increases will require the use of new materials like graphene.


    intel themselves set this goal for 2022 @ 4nm
    This tech site covered it

    http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/20090822094141_Intel_Outlines_Process_Technology_Roadmap.html
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    joelmartinez , February 9, 2011 3:16 AM
    It's gonna overclock like crazy
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    rebturtle , February 9, 2011 3:51 AM
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    However, the architecture will remain similar to Sandy Bridge, but reduced down to a smaller die thanks to 22 nm manufacturing.


    So newer, faster, more efficient, but can't read hard drives after 2 years? Sign me up! - lol
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