Ivy Bridge CPU Torndown, Photographed, Tri-Gates Revealed

The company deconstructed the chip and performed a structural analysis that is planned to be released in two parts on May 4 and May 18. Some images have been released by EETimes, which is also part of UBM.

According to TechInsights, the 3.3 GHz Core i5-3550 was packaged in Malaysia and has a die size of 170 mm2, which is down from 208 mm2 for a comparable Sandy Bridge processor. The company analyzed the processor using electron microscopy as well as "x-ray techniques" and spreading resistance profiling and said it discovered 90 nm gate pitches in the embedded SRAM, but also 22 nm gate lengths in the logic areas.

A published picture confirms Intel's 22 nm tri-gate 3D transistors.

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  • fazers_on_stun
    Hopefully we'll get some PERFORMANCE reviews in about a week from now :).
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  • DavidC1
    nforce4maxInteresting mix of process tech. 90nm and 22nm tri gate.


    Just like your size can not be determined by height alone(height, width, thickness), the same is with transistors.

    22nm is size of the gate, 90nm refers to the distance between transistors. Way different.
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  • atikkur
    alxianthelastCan't wait to run crysis 3 on this.


    will be the same, crysis is already cheap n light.
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  • nforce4max
    Interesting mix of process tech. 90nm and 22nm tri gate.
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  • alxianthelast
    Can't wait to run crysis 3 on this.
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  • fazers_on_stun
    Hopefully we'll get some PERFORMANCE reviews in about a week from now :).
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