In Pictures: Intel’s new Ivy Bridge chips

Nano-transistors powering big gains in power, efficiency

  • Intel’s third-generation core processors According to Intel, its new Ivy Bridge processor family will provide a substantial increase in computing horsepower while simultaneously improving efficiency. We take a look at what all the fuss is about.

  • The heart of the matter Intel’s new 22nm chips utilize a three-dimensional architecture to dramatically improve the relative efficiency of a processor, creating the possibility of better performance with less energy use.

  • The architecture While dual-core Ultrabook chips are due to be rolled out within a month or two, Intel said, the company foregrounded its quad-core design in Monday’s launch.

  • The chip The Ivy Bridge chip itself, though we can’t see the 22nm architecture at this zoom level. Next up, we look at a couple of products taking advantage of Intel’s new technology.

  • Nikiski The Intel concept, which demoed at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this January, features a translucent screen and innovative touch-sensitive technology, allowing it to serve as either a laptop or a tablet. However, no word was available on when the futuristic device could be heading to market.

  • IdeaPad Yoga Another combination tablet/laptop, this slick-looking hybrid will be one of the first devices to marry Ivy Bridge to Windows 8’s new user interface options.

  • Traditional or touchscrene At Ivy Bridge’s launch, Intel noted that 65 of the 570 total new products based on its framework would be all-in-ones. ASUS’ ET27 can be used either in the traditional way or laid flat on its back and operated via touchscreen.

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