First Ivy Bridge Chips Emerge

Quad-core chips for high-end desktops are the first to ship, with dual-core mobile processors set to follow later this year.

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The first batch of Intel processors based on the company's Ivy Bridge microarchitecture -- 13 quad-core chips designed to run high-end desktop and laptop PCs -- were finally unveiled late last month.

The new quad-core chips are the first products in the long-awaited third generation of the Intel Core processor family to ship.

The second half of this chip family, dual-core Ivy Bridge chips designed for ultrabooks and mainstream laptop and desktop computers, will be ready to ship in the next few months, pledged Kirk Skaugen, corporate vice president and general manager of Intel's PC Client Group.

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