Inside Intel's new Ivy Bridge chips

A high-res look at the nanotransistors powering big gains in PC power and efficiency

Intel’s third-generation core processors revealed

According to Intel, its new Ivy Bridge processor family -- expected to debut in high-powered PCs later this year -- will provide a substantial increase in computing horsepower while simultaneously improving efficiency. We take a look at what all the fuss is about.

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The heart of the matter

Intel’s new 22nm Ivy Bridge chips use a three-dimensional architecture to dramatically improve the relative efficiency of a processor, enabling better performance with less energy use.

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The Ivy Bridge architecture

Although dual-core chips for Ultrabook laptops are due to be rolled out within a month or two, Intel said, the company showcased its quad-core design in the public Ivy Bridge launch last week.

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The Ivy Bridge chip

Here's a look at the Ivy Bridge chip itself, although at this zoom level you can’t see the 22nm architecture.

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Ivy Bridge concept: Nikiski

This Intel concept PC, demoed at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, features a translucent screen and touch-sensitive technology, allowing it to serve as either a laptop or a tablet. However, no word is available on when or if the futuristic device could be heading to market.

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Ivy Bridge innovation: IdeaPad Yoga

Another combination tablet/laptop, this slick-looking hybrid device will be one of the first devices to marry Ivy Bridge to Windows 8's new user interface.

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Ivy Bridge innovation: traditional and touchscreen

At Ivy Bridge’s launch, Intel noted that 65 of the 570 new products planned based on its framework would be all-in-one PCs. Asus's ET27, shown here, can be used either in the traditional way or laid flat on its back and operated via its touchscreen.