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Thursday, 20 October 2011 10:05

Ivy Bridge readying for Christmas

Written by Nick Farell



Otellini confirms 22nm is with us


Intel CEO Paul Otellini has told the world+dog that the company has started volume production of the new Ivy Bridge 22 nm processor.

While there are many that would question the meaning of the words "volume production", it has already begun, which is a rather significant achievement as there have been apparently no major hiccups in the implementation of its 3D transistor technology. There has always been the question how Intel defines "volume", but vice president Mooly Eden told me years ago that Intel would only consider a production process volume production if it affects "millions" of processors.

Intel also stated that Ivy bridge is on target for a late Q4 "qualification for sale", which means that Intel will be begin shipping final products to its customers in the second half of the quarter. This will allow Intel to maintain its tick-tock cadence and keep the claim that a production shrink has been introduced in yet another uneven year (and so that it can state that its 22 nm chips were released in 2011). Of course, that does not mean that you will be able to buy those chips in 2011.

According to Otellini, first Ivy Bridge systems should become available in Spring 2012. As Ivy Bridge is introduced and ramping up, Intel expects that its profit margins will improve as well. Sandy Bridge has, despite an initial hiccup, worked out well for Intel.

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+3 #1 pogsnet 2011-10-20 10:48
It is probably mass production. But that might really appear in Q1 2012 in volume and few numbers in Q4 2011 since they just recently started. This will kill Sandy, Ivy release was so fast, they did not even wait a year. This will make SB users sad, their toy was already 1 generation obsolete in less than a year. Sorry folks, Intel just mean business.
 
 
+3 #2 Nerdfighter 2011-10-20 12:54
Great news. Then I will try to survive with my laptop until Q1 2012, and then build a rig based on Southern Islands/Kepler and Ivy Bridge.
 
 
+2 #3 bardenck 2011-10-20 13:21
anyone found any decent projected performance slides for ivy?
 
 
0 #4 Nerdfighter 2011-10-20 17:42
Quoting bardenck:
anyone found any decent projected performance slides for ivy?


Performance isn't the point with Ivy, since it has the same architecture as Sandy. What is interesting is power consumption and overclocking potential.
 

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