Intel debuts latest computer chip

April 23, 2012 at 3:49 PM
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SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 23 (UPI) -- Intel has announced the release of its latest computer processor chips, quad-core microprocessors dubbed Ivy Bridge intended for high-end PCs.

The CPUs will offer better performance and graphics capabilities while driving down power consumption, Intel said.

Intel initially is releasing 13 quad-core versions of the processors, with dual-core models and offerings for the laptop market to follow later in the spring, reported Monday.

More than 300 mobile products in development will leverage the Ivy Bridge chips, a company spokesman said, as well as more than 270 desktop computers, including increasingly popular all-in-one systems.

"The momentum around the system design is pretty astonishing," Kirk Skaugen, general manager of Intel's Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, said. "This is the world's first 22-nanometer product, and we'll be delivering about 20 percent more processor performance using 20 percent less average power."

In anticipation of demand, Intel has three factories ready to build Ivy Bridge processors with a fourth under construction, Skaugen said.

"There will be 50 percent more supply than we had early in the product cycle of our last generation, Sandy Bridge, a year ago," he said.

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