The Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) roadmaps for its next-generation processors are out, albeit unofficially. The leaked roadmaps show Intel's steady-as-she-goes plan, in the face of not much competition from AMD (NASDAQ:AMD). In IT Blogwatch, bloggers pore over the bins.
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Tony Bradley reports:
[D]etails of the Ivy Bridge processor lineup have leaked. ... Core i5 and Corei7 Ivy Bridge processors will be available in Q2 2012...will support PCIe 3.0 x16, and come with native support for Thunderbolt and USB 3.0.
...The most notable difference [from] Sandy Bridge processors is that Intel is building the next generation CPUs using [a] 22nm architecture...[so they] will consume less power...[and] allowing Intel to boost the graphics processing capabilities.
Anton Shilov has his hands on the leaked deets:
Ivy Bridge will generally inherit Sandy Bridge micro-architecture and...will have certain improvements that will boost its performance in general applications by around 20%...(e.g., enhanced AVX acceleration). ... [It] will have a new graphics core with DirectX 11 and OpenCL 1.1 support, 30% higher performance...as well as new video processor and display controllers. ... [T]he processor will support a number of power management innovations.
Lawrence Latif likes leaks:
Intel's Ivy Bridge range topper will be a 3.5GHz, quad-core...featuring an unlocked multiplier and 8MB of Level 2 cache that can be run at 3.9GHz in Turbo mode.
[T]he Core i5-3570K will also interest overclockers with an unlocked multiplier, a base clock speed of 3.4GHz and a Turbo clock speed of 3.8GHz.
...Intel has said that all Ivy Bridge processors will be fabbed on the firm's 22nm Tri-gate process node. ... [It's] unclear whether the delays to Ivy Bridge have been due to that process node or simply business decisions.
And LG Nilsson has the mobile roadmap, too:
As with the current mobile product range, Intel will offer standard Voltage CPUs and [ULV] low power models...[but] it appears that the company has killed its line of Low Voltage or LV processors.
...As for a tentative launch date we're hearing May for the mobile platform.
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Ivy Bridge is a die shrink of Sandy Bridge. ... CPUs are becoming increasing similar to SoCs. ... Nehalem moved the memory controller onto the CPU die. ... Lynnfield brought on-die PCIe controller...allow[ing] Intel to get rid of the Northbridge-Southbridge combination. ... Westmere (e.g. Arrandale and Clarkdale) brought us on-package graphics. It wasn't until Sandy Bridge that we got on-die graphics.
Intel needs to increase graphics performance, and will do just that in [Ivy Bridge]. Intel's IGP solutions account for over 50% of the PC marketshare, yet the graphics are their Achilles' Heel.
...AMD...Bulldozer hasn't exactly been a success story and there is no real competition in the high-end CPU market because of that. ... Increasing the frequencies and boosting the clock for clock performance yields increased performance...and improving the quality of the on-die graphics helps in other areas.
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