Intel Ivy Bridge Processor Architecture – Intial Details
Some initial details of the next generation Intel Ivy Bridge Processor architecture has started surfacing. The Ivy Bridge processor is successor to the Intel Sandy Bridge architecture.
The Ivy Bridge is expected to be based upon 22 nm technology one step forward to the Sandy Bridge’s 32 nm technology. The Ivy Bridge based processors will have twice the number of the shaders as compared to the Sandy Bridge. While Sandy Bridge has 12 shaders, the Ivy Bridge will have 24 shaders.
Doubling of the number of sharders will significantly increase the gaming performance of the Ivy Bridge based processors. The Sandy Bridge processors are already 2x faster than the current Nehalem ( core i5, core i5) based processors.
The Ivy Bridge processor are expected late 2011 or in 2012. There is not official information available about it. For now the focus seems to be getting the Sandy Bridge out. The Sandy bridge processors are expected to be available in notebooks and desktops in the first quarter of 2011.
The drivers and the corresponding software will still take some time. And this is the problem area intel will have to work on. It will be interesting to see how the Ivy Bridge performs against AMD’s fusion with new bulldozer core.