Ivy Bridge, is the third generation processor currently being developed by Intel. Ivy Bridge uses a 22nm die shrink, whereas its previous generation, Sandy Bridge, uses a 32nm die shrink. Ivy Bridge chipsets will be the first to use tri-gate (3D) transistors, which will be up to 37% faster and consume less than half the power of 2D transistors on current chips.[1] Ivy Bridge will use at least 10 cores. Ivy Bridge is said to be followed by Haswell.[2] Ivy Bridge will also feature PCI Express 3.0 x16 interconnection as well as PCIe 2.0 x4 controller.
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  • Higher 3D Performance with next generation micro architecture.
  • Support for Microsoft DirectX 11 and OpenCL 1.1.
  • Support for resolutions up to 4096 x 2304.[3]
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  • A 60% increase in integrated graphics performance.[4]
  • Lower power usage than its predecessors.
  • Support for up to 2800MHz (2.80GHz) DDR3 clock-speed.
  • Maximum multiplier of 63.[5]
  • Up to 1hr longer battery life due to a net of 450 milliwatts of savings.

Release Information

Ivy Bridge is currently set for release for consumers sometime in March-April 2012.[6] Upon release, Ivy Bridge will be backwards compatible with certain Intel 6-series chipsets: H61, H67, P67 and Z68.[7]


  1. ^ http://www.pcworld.com/article/240176/intel_boosts_laptop_battery_graphics_with_ivy_bridge.html . Retrieved 9/22/2011
  2. ^ http://techiser.com/intel-ivy-bridge-ex-processors-leaked-132308.html . Retrieved 9/20/2011.
  3. ^ http://www.slashgear.com/intel-ivy-bridge-to-support-4k-resolution-20181118/ . Retrieved 9/20/11.
  4. ^ http://www.anandtech.com/show/4763/ivy-bridge-gpu-performance-up-to-60-faster-than-snb-better-quicksync . Retrieved 9/20/11.
  5. ^ http://www.xbitlabs.com/news/cpu/display/20110920124121_Intel_s_Ivy_Bridge_Chip_Set_to_Support_Yet_Unavailable_DDR3_Memory.html . Retrieved 9/22/2011.
  6. ^ http://www.slashgear.com/intel-ivy-bridge-roadmap-reveals-launch-in-march-2012-30155647/. Retrieved 9/20/2011.
  7. ^ http://motherboardnews.com/2011/05/27/ivy-bridges-backwards-compatibility-explained/ . Retrieved 9/22/11.