Intel rolls 32nm Atom, preps 22nm Ivy Bridge
A Taiwan newspaper claims it has uncovered details about the Intel’s plans to release its 22nm Ivy Bridge notebook and desktop CPUs. Cedar Trail includes two new dual-core Atom processors for netbooks—the 1.6 GHz N2600 with 400 MHz embedded graphics dissipating about 3.5W and the 1.86 GHz N2800 with 640 MHz graphics consuming 6.5W.
The chips support faster graphics cores and DRAM interfaces (up to 1,066 MHz DDR3) and consume less power than Intel’s previous generation Oak Trail parts.
In early April Intel plans to release 25 Ivy Bridge processors made in its 22nm technology platform, according to a report by Digitimes. It also mentions seventeen desktop chips will range in price from $184 to $332, and eight notebook CPUs will range in cost from $40 to $1,096—a range that is possibly not accurate.
An Intel executive described Cedar Trail as single-chip integrated processors in a talk in April. However, the chips now in production are paired with the NM10, an I/O hub that supports PCI Express, USB, Ethernet, serial ATA and audio.
Intel said Acer, Asus, HP, Lenovo, Samsung and Toshiba will ship netbooks using the chips as early as Januar, and says the systems could sport battery life of up to ten hours and start at prices as low as $199.
Intel plans to release a total of 25 models of its 22nm Ivy Bridge processors, including 17 CPUs for desktops and eight for notebooks and ultrabooks on or around April 8, 2012, according to PC makers in Taiwan.
Desktop CPUs to be unveiled include quad-core Core i7-3770K, 3770, 3770S, 3770T, and Core i5-3570, 3550 and 3450, with prices ranging from US$184-332. Additionally, the Core i5-3470T will be available in May priced at US$184.
Desktop chips to be released in April will include Z77 (priced at US$48), H77 (US$43), Z75 (US$40) and B75 (US$37), with Q77 (US$44) and Q75 (US$40) coming on May 13, the sources indicated.
Notebook CPUs Core i7-3920Qm, 3820QM and 3720QM will be released in April priced at US$1,096, US$568 and US$378, respectively. Other models including Core i5-3520M, 3360M, 3320M and ultrabook CPUs Core i7-3667U and Core i5-3427U will be unveiled later.