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Intel's Ivy Bridge Platform Enters Volume Manufacturing Ahead of Spring 2012 Product Launches

As noted by Tom's Hardware, Intel announced during its earnings conference call this week that its Ivy Bridge platform has entered volume production, with the company expecting to begin deliveries to computer manufacturers by the second half of this quarter. It will, however, take some time for Ivy Bridge to make its way into shipping products, with Intel's partners shooting for a Spring 2012 debut.
CEO Paul Otellini confirmed that Ivy Bridge 22 nm processor volume production 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 had previously outlined its Ivy Bridge roadmap as targeting a launch for the first half of 2012, and so the latest news confirming that the company is on track with its new 3-D transistor technology bodes well for an on-time launch.

Ivy Bridge will offer a number of benefits for Apple's notebook lines, opening up the door to quad-core processors in the 13-inch MacBook Pro and bringing significantly faster graphics and new OpenCL capabilities to the MacBook Air. Ivy Bridge will also support ultra high resolution displays and Intel has committed to Thunderbolt support alongside USB 3.0 in the platform.

A minor refresh to Apple's MacBook Pro line is expected any time now, with the update set to carry the line through until Ivy Bridge is ready.

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39 months ago
This is great news, can't wait for new macbook (air/pro)
Rating: 5 Votes
39 months ago

So, this isn't news about desktop Ivy Bridge chips?


its news about mainstream desktop/laptop ivy bridge cpus that will be released around march/april 2012

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Yes, I guess I made a great decision when choosing to wait until 2012 for new Macbook Air. :)

Also a question to those that knows better:

Which one is/will be better, Ivy Bridge or Sandy Bridge?


umm, ivy bridge is next gen sandy bridge....

that is like saying whats better: ipad 1 or ipad 2
Rating: 4 Votes
39 months ago
still waiting on High-End Sandy bridge Processors!!!!!!

eitherway, I am super excited for ivy bridge: thunderbolt, usb 3.0, pci-e 3.0, better energy efficiency in notebooks, faster all around, next gen intel HD graphics with directx 11 support, 3D transistors,

how long until Ivy-Bridge extreme? thats what I am waiting on q1 2013?
Rating: 3 Votes
39 months ago
thats great... if you havnt bought yourself a macbook 5 month earlier... ;)
Rating: 2 Votes
39 months ago
15 inch MBA!
Rating: 2 Votes
39 months ago
This is the Macbook Air I'm waiting for. I'm keeping my C2D until this arrives. Even if it takes well over a year.
Rating: 2 Votes
39 months ago

22nm is going to be awesome for Macbook Pro/Air.


It's going to be awesome for any kind of computer!
Rating: 2 Votes
39 months ago

still waiting on High-End Sandy bridge Processors!!!!!!


Yeah, really! This article mentions nothing about Mac Pro's either. I've been waiting for Sandy Bridge Mac Pro's, maybe they'll jump straight to Ivy Bridge Mac Pro's? :D
Rating: 2 Votes
39 months ago
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39 months ago
Just get me an Ivy Bridge Mac Mini with USB3 built-in to it and I'll use that as my next audio/video server. The size profile would actually work well for that use and free up one of my desks since I could share that space with a PC just using a keyboard/mouse switch and 2nd monitor input instead of having a separate PowerMac and PC setup as I have now. My media server is 3TB USB3 and so I don't want slow USB2 and I have yet to see a credible Thunderbolt solution in that regard to get full speed out of one or even another reasonable priced drive.
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