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Intel launches new line of processors with groundbreaking 3D design

The new Intel processors are speedier, yet consume less power than their predecessors

Intel has officially launched its new line of processors based on the latest Ivy bridge platform, which are faster and lower in power than their Sandybridge counterparts.

Right now, only 13 quad-core processors are getting released, which have been designed for desktop systems.

Intel has confirmed that dual-core processors are on the way, including the ones to feature in Ultrabooks.

The most fascinating thing about the new processor design is the use of 3D transistors and significantly better graphics horsepower than Sandybridge processors, enough to challenge Nvidia and AMD where everyday consumers are concerned.

Ever since the first transistor was developed by Bell Labs back in 1947, the number of transistors that would fit on a chip has been increasing rapidly, owing to decrease in transistor size.

Although hard-core gamers will continue to rely on separate graphics cards manufactured by AMD or Nvidia, many average consumers will be quite satisfied with the graphics improvements in Ivy bridge.

According to Moore’s law, the number of transistors that can be put on a single chip will double every two years, without affecting cost too significantly. Moore’s law has largely been turning out to be true for processors.

But the decrease in transistor size over the years had caused many to speculate that transistors might become unreliable if they were to be shrunk any further.

3D transistors created the first time
What Intel has done with Ivy bridge processors is nothing short of groundbreaking. Other than reducing the two dimensions of transistors, Intel has created a third dimension, essentially transforming the transistors into 3D.

These transistor modifications mean greater performance and less power usage for consumers.

With Windows 8 slated to be out this year, the new processors are expected to drive sales of a new wave of Intel-based PCs and tablets.

Outstanding graphics performance
The new Ivy bridge processors feature much better graphics performance than Sandybridge ones, being almost twice as powerful.

According to experts, the graphics performance of Ivy bridge processors is good enough to challenge AMD and Nvidia where the average consumer is concerned.

Although hard-core gamers will continue to rely on separate graphics cards manufactured by AMD or Nvidia, many average consumers will be quite satisfied with the graphics improvements in Ivy bridge.

Lower power usage
Another area where the Ivy Bridge processors will shine is power usage. The new chips are significantly more efficient than their Sandybridge counterparts, making them ideally suited for Ultrabooks which demand greater battery life and thin designs.

They are enough power-efficient to challenge ARM in the tablet space, and Windows 8 tablets based on the new platform are expected to be strong contenders to the iPad.