Details about the desktop side of the Intel Ivy Bridge CPU family surfaced on the web late last month. Now, it’s the turn of the Ivy Bridge mobile CPU lineup. Our friends over at VR-Zone on Tuesday leaked Intel’s Ivy Bridge mobile CPU roadmap. As with their desktop counterparts, the mobile chips will also arrive in the second quarter of 2012. Hit the jump for details.
Ivy Bridge has been on our radar for almost a year now, but with the 2012 release date fast approaching, leaks from the partner channel were inevitable. According to documents obtained by X-bit labs, Intel’s new Ivy Bridge chips will be shipping in Q2 2012, and eighteen parts are listed. Of these only eight are standard desktop flavors, with the remaining ten all falling under the ultra-low voltage banner. All of the new chips are based on Intel’s new 22nm process technology.
A Russian website made a list detailing a slew of upcoming Ivy Bridge desktop processors for socket LGA1155 motherboards, complete with model numbers, core counts, number of threads, clockspeeds, Turbo speeds, L3 cache, and TDP ratings. There are 18 models in all, and all but one of them are quad-core parts (the one that isn't is a dual-core processor).
Ultrabooks, Ultrabooks, Ultrabooks! If you think you’re hearing an awful lot about the portable, powerful laptops now, be prepared to be flooded in Ultrabook news next year. According to a key director behind the annual Consumer Electronics Show, as many as half a hundred Ultrabooks could break cover at CES 2012. In fact, it's starting to sound like CES 2012's slogan could be "Smaller is better."
Ultrabook’s announcements have been have been fast and furious going into the holiday season, but Lenovo fans who may have balked at the X1’s inferior battery life might have something worth waiting for. According to a leaked company roadmap supplied to channel partners, Lenovo plans to offer an Ivy Bridge Thinkpad in either May or June of next year, and these puppies will be aimed directly at high end business users, as opposed to the IdeaPad’s which are targeted at consumers.
Gigabyte lead the initial charge with early support for boot drivers bigger than 2.2TB, but while others worked on fixing this with UEFI implementations, they instead kept plugging away on the bios. The company claimed to be using a “HybridEFI”, but let’s be clear here. HybridEFI is a marketing term; it actually has nothing to do with EFI as we know it. When asked about the obvious oversight, Gigabyte claimed they wanted to do it right, and we finally have a chance to see what they have in mind.
Intel’s spiffy Sandy Bridge processors haven’t even been available for a year yet, and already their doomsday clock is ticking. Ivy Bridge, the slimmer, trimmer 22nm next generation version of Intel’s 32nm Sandy Bridge processors, are barreling down fast. So fast, in fact, that you can already pick up motherboards built to accommodate Ivy Bridge’s PCIe 3.0 support. But when is Ivy Bridge actually going to hit? Intel will only say “Early 2012,” but one source claims to know a more specific time frame.
Just how influential is Intel? If the fact that the company owns over 80 percent of the global microprocessor market doesn’t do anything for you, how about this: Intel’s upcoming Ivy Bridge line haven’t even been released yet – that’s why they’re “upcoming” – but manufacturers have already begun offering motherboards capable of utilizing the PCIe 3.0 slots supported by the chips. MSI kicked off the trend, and Asus’ German arm has pulled the veil off of three new Ivy Bridge mobos of its own.
Any other 33-year-old who noticed a sudden growth spurt would run to a doctor, but it seems that Intel’s x86 architecture will never stop growing. New extensions appeared this year in Sandy Bridge processors, more are coming in next year’s Ivy Bridge, and still more will come in 2013 with a processor code-named Haswell. Is the x86 growing stronger or fatter? Stronger!
We already know Intel is planning to build a better GPU for Ivy Bridge than what's currently available in Sandy Bridge, but just how much better it will be is the question. Intel provided a partial answer at this year's IDF event by detailing parts of the next-generation GPU, which the Santa Clara chip maker says will support up to a 4Kx4K (Quad HD) screen resolution.