Intel launches Ivy Bridge processor

April 24, 2012 // By Peter Clarke
Intel has formally launched its Ivy Bridge processor to the market (April 23). Ivy Bridge is the first device to be realeased officially on the company's 22-nm manufacturing process technology which includes FinFETs, which are transistors built into a vertical fin of silicon.

The launch covers quad-core devices aimed at desktop computers with dual-core devices for ultrabooks – Intel's term for thin notebooks – due to be announced later in the spring, reports said. The move from 32-nm Sandy Bridge processor to 22-nm Ivy Bridge should provide 20 percent more performance at 20 percent less average power according to one estimate.

The chip includes a graphics processor unit and DirectX11 support. DirectX is a collection of application programming interfaces (APIs) for handling multimedia tasks specified by Microsoft Corp.