Intel is expected to launch its 3rd generation Core series processor line on Monday. But the first Ivy Bridge processors will be quad-core chips designed for high performance computers. We won’t see the lower power dual-core chips for ultrabooks and “mainstream noteboks” until later this year.
CNET reports that Intel CEO Paul Otellini spoke a little bit about the timeline during a earnings call with investors yesterday.
Intel’s Ivy Bridge chips are expected to offer better performance while using less power than 2nd generation Core series chips, also known as Sandy Bridge.
While we probably won’t see a huge boost in general CPU performance, but early benchmarks suggest that the graphics core will be 30 to 40 percent faster in Ivy Bridge than Sandy Bridge.
CNET suggests that the we could see the mainstream notebook version of Ivy Bridge launch in June, which is when we’ll probably see another wave of ultrabook launches. Otellini says there are now more than 100 ultrabook designs in the hopper — up from 75 last time we’d heard.