Intel, one of the largest producers of the computer processors or microchips for CPUs, has come up with the latest third generation processors codenamed the Ivy Bridge. For the past six months, speculations waved around the world of computer technology that, Intel, soon, would introduce some new range of processors. The speculations did not go wrong, as Intel has released fourteen types of quadcore processors with the Ivy Bridge technology yesterday. The competition in the processor arena is heating up too, as the rivals like AMD are gearing up with their own latest innovations in their products. However, Intel leads the market, and is confident that the new processors will become a hit. The new range of processors, which the makers say the third generation of processors, seem to marginally excel the performance of the predecessor called the Sandy Bridge.
Ivy Bridge – Basic Details
There are a few basic details that one should know about the latest processor series from Intel. First, when you set out to buy a PC or Laptop, never search for a sticker on the device or CPU with the name Ivy Bridge. For your information, Ivy Bridge is the code name of the project of the Intel, which was set to produce new series of processors with increased performance. The PCs and the Laptops with the Ivy Bridge technology will still have the same official name as the second generation of i-series processors of Intel had – Core i3, Core i5 and Core i7. The next detail is a bit technical. The new processors will work with 22 nm tri – gate transistors, which are efficient than the transistors of Sandy Bridge processors.
Why Third Generation Processors?
Earlier, there was no clear information on the important features of the third generation of i – series processors. However, the analysts predicted that there would not be any great difference between the second generation and the third generation. Now that the latest processor series has arrived, it seems like the analysts have not gone wrong. In fact, the users may not feel any difference in their daily PC or laptop usage. However, the range of graphics support of the processors has seen a rise in the new processor series. The current graphics configuration of the second – generation i – series computers is just HD 3000. The third generation i – series processors now will support graphics up to the range of HD 4000. What will the increase in graphics support mean to the consumers? The makers promise that the users can now play high-end graphics games without the use of NVidia or AMD graphics processors.
Ivy Bridge Price and Battery Support
The Ivy Bridge processor series will not result in any price rise say a few experienced processor vendors. However, this can be possible only if the third generation processors replace the second – generation ones as soon as possible. Another aspect of the processor performance is the support of battery life. So far, experts have conducted tests on battery life with Core i7 processors alone, since the mainstream processors using the Ivy Bridge concept have not hit the markets. Based on the test results, the new range of processors show some marginal increase (12 minutes difference) in the battery life.
When the New Processors will hit the Market?
If you wish to buy a PC or a Laptop enhanced with the third generation processors, do not hurry now. Intel is ready to release the new processors only at the end of May. In addition to this, please note that, the Windows 8 operating system too is going to hit the markets in two or three months. Hence, it is better to wait for at least two months to grab your new PC or laptop powered by Intel’s Ivy Bridge Processors!