IDF 2010: Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs puts AMD in a Catch-22(nm)

IDF 2010: Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs puts AMD in a Catch-22(nm)

Summary: While most of the processor focus at this week's Intel Developer Forum concerned the Q1 2011 release of Sandy Bridge, Intel is already well along in developing its next platform of chips. Dubbed Ivy Bridge, these will be manufactured using a 22nm process compared to Sandy Bridge's 32nm fabrication process.

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While most of the processor focus at this week's Intel Developer Forum concerned the Q1 2011 release of Sandy Bridge, Intel is already well along in developing its next platform of chips. Dubbed Ivy Bridge, these will be manufactured using a 22nm process compared to Sandy Bridge's 32nm fabrication process.

Not much is known about Ivy Bridge, though Intel CEO Paul Otellini said it's "on track for delivery in the second half of next year." Considering how quickly that comes on the heels of the major Sandy Bridge rollout, the first Ivy Bridge processors may be released for high-end and enthusiasts markets first, though that's just a guess at this point. As with previous CPU shrinkings, the move to 22nm will likely mean better performance and greater energy efficiency, though how much of either can't be guessed at since Sandy Bridge processors haven't been thoroughly tested yet.

Here's one thing we do know: If Ivy Bridge does ship in the second half of 2011, it will put Intel way ahead of AMD. AMD will be bringing its first generation of 32nm Fusion chips to market sometime in 2011; in comparison, Intel will not only have flooded the market with its 32nm chips by then, but also be moving onto a 22nm fabrication process that AMD won't match until 2012 at the earliest. That doesn't necessarily mean that all of Intel's new chips will lap AMD's in terms of the price/performance, but it does mean that all that heat Ivy Bridge should save will be sent across the back of AMD's neck.

[Via X-bit Labs]

Topics: Processors, Hardware, Intel

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  • Intel is probably not as worried about AMD as ARM

    I think things are shifting. While still a ways off. ARM is becoming a potential competitor for DataCenters and Desktops. And Intel is way behind ARM in the mobile embedded space - Atom. The only way for them to compete against ARM is to badly beat them at the FAB process technology level.

    Same is true for competing with IBM. I wonder how a 4.9Ghz SB stacks against an IBM Power6.
    DevGuy_z
  • RE: IDF 2010: Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs puts AMD in a Catch-22(nm)

    I agree with Dev. Intel knows that Sandy Bridge is going to run slow and hot. Shrinkage is an absolute necessity, because Intel knows that it can't generate a true monolithic GPU/CPU design in the near future.

    INTEL FOCUSED TOO MUCH ON CRAFTING ILLEGAL BRIBES AND THREATS TO DESTROY THEIR COMPETITION. NOW THAT THE FTC HAS SLAPPED OTELLINI'S CORRUPT HAND, INTEL IS SCRAMBLING TO COMPETE FAIRLY.
    RichardEich
  • RE: IDF 2010: Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs puts AMD in a Catch-22(nm)

    Amd Will not wait till 2012 but it will release its weapon in early Q1 2011, even with that intel could not manage to stand with http://goo.gl/Euo6
    inspirearun
  • RE: IDF 2010: Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs puts AMD in a Catch-22(nm)

    I suppose that would be correct..... if the only thing that mattered was the process. But the only things consumers are concerned with is the price of the final product and will it do what they want it to do? Sure, the process means a lot to AMD and Intel since they get more product for their money and, typically, the power draw of said product gets better. But no one else really cares.
    bjterry62
  • RE: IDF 2010: Intel's Ivy Bridge CPUs puts AMD in a Catch-22(nm)

    will 22nm bring a directx compliant gpu from intel? nevermind openCL or DirectCompute.<br><br>amd's bobcat(ontario/zacate) is about to pull the rug from under intel's lower power segment netbooks/notebooks.
    zxxc