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What is Ivy Bridge?

April 23rd, 2012 | Posted by admin in I've Always Wondered...

What is Ivy Bridge?

The Ivy Bridge line of processors will succeed the Sandy Bridge line, and is expected to be released on April 23rd 2012.  The first microprocessors to be released will be a line of 14 quad core processors.

What is better about Ivy Bridge?

Ivy Bridge will be Intel’s first 3-D microchip.  Promising to deliver increased performance where it counts both in reduced power consumption and increased processing power.  Ivy Bridge processors are expected to be backwards compatible with the previous Sandy Bridge platform as well.  A number of other features are also expected to come standard; such as native USB 3.0 Support, and decreased system standby power consumption.

By creating a “3-D” microchip, Intel claims that it has created a cooler, faster, and more efficient chip.  Intel’s main competitor, AMD, has also been working on similar chip developments.  While AMD hasn’t claimed to have developed a 3-D chip yet; they are continuously exploring the limits of processing power and efficiency, and are not likely to fade away anytime soon.


Ivy Bridge development has taken place rather quickly, as Intel is under intense fire from Britain’s ARM.  ARM has a large share of the mobile processor market; a share that Intel is gunning for.  Both Intel and AMD predict increased demand for more power efficient processors in the future, and are positioning themselves to capitalize on this growth.  The wave of the future, it seems, is mobile devices that can last all day, and several days in a continuously connected standby mode.  Providing users with the capability to stay connected all day without sacrificing battery life is where market share will be either won or lost.  Mobile users want more battery life, and an eighteen hour laptop it seems is just a few years around the corner.


Intel has already publicly stated it has begun work on its new line of processors “Haswell” as a direct replacement for both the Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge line of processors.  “Haswell” will be significantly more power efficient in both standby and regular modes.  Intel has even hinted that it will be toying with the idea of “Power Recycling”, reusing heat generated by the chip to power the chip itself.  This could offer significant power savings, and perhaps one day the capability to run your laptop for days at a time.

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