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.

The initial quad-core Ivy Bridge chips are the first to use Intel's 22-nanometer manufacturing process, marking a technology leap from the 32nm process used to make older Intel chips and still used by rival chip makers such as AMD.

"It is big for Intel [to be] first in the marketplace with 22nm," said Patrick Moorhead, an analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. "It means a smaller die for better costs and fundamentally enables better power characteristics for better performance at less power."

The new quad-core chips include eight Core i7 processors and five Core i5 processors, Intel said.

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