Ever since Intel got out of its disastrous Pentium 4 era, the company has been following a “tick-tock” schedule. The ‘tick’ represents a shrink in the processor’s fabrication processor, while the ‘tock’ represents a new microprocessor architecture. This means that we should expect a new ‘tick’ or ‘tock’ from Intel every year. Last year, the company introduced a new microarchitecture, Sandybridge, with its core Core ix series of processors. Today, the company has released a ‘tick’ version of Core ix series of processors, codenamed Ivy Bridge.
The Ivy Bridge series of processors were delayed quite a few times this year, and was scheduled to be announced on April 29th. However, after numerous delays, Intel thought it would be better to release the processors a few days early, at least on paper. The Ivy Bridge processors are based on the 22nm manufacturing processor, and will utilize the company’s 3D tri-gate transistors technology to improve its power-efficiency.
With today’s launch, Intel has released a whopping 13 quad-core variants of the Core i5 and i7 based on Ivy Bridge aimed for desktops. Other variants including the ones meant for ultra books will be released sometime in summer this year.