The need for greater energy efficiency may push Intel to release as early as April 23 its much-anticipated Ivy Bridge processors that combine efficient energy use with the giant chip-maker’s signature power.
The Washington Post quoting Digitimes Monday said Intel has apparently decided on a staggered rollout schedule that starts as early as next week until June, when it is likely to be available worldwide.
VentureBeat’s Sean Ludwig, reporting for the Washington Post, said PC makers Asus, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, Sony, Toshiba, and HP will expectedly use Intel’s super-efficient Ivy Bridge processors for their second-generation ultrabook laptops starting next month.
The Post also said it has received information that Apple will likewise be incorporating the Ivy Bridge processors in its new version of the MacBook Pro, as the popularity of tablets will predictably peak even more sharply by summer.
Another revelation was that Apple intends to use the Ivy Bridge in its later model iMac computers as well, providing a new boost to the company’s still fast-selling PC lines. .
PC and tablet makers have eagerly awaited the Intel Ivy Bridge processors as more and more customers expect manufacturers to use state-of-the-art miniaturization technology to improve on the energy efficiency of current models without sacrificing power.
This efficiency-with-power combination will likely be a big sell for the new generation tablet models that will compete in 2012.
The Ivy Bridge will expectedly combine greater efficiency in energy utilization with strong graphics and multimedia processing.
The new processor is also the first Intel chip to support USB 3.0, and will be the first to incorporate 3D transistors.