Intel’s New Ivy Bridge Processor Will Use a 3-D Structure

Computer processors are incredible pieces of technology, and they have come along in leaps and bounds over the past decade. They are more powerful, yet use less energy, and they have made it so that every day users can have the ability to multitask like never before. Now there has been a new breakthrough in computer processor technology. Intel has just announced its new Ivy Bridge 3-D chip. No chip of the old block Intel’s latest technological feat is really quite amazing. When I Say 3-D chip, I do not mean that the processor will be able to handle 3-D images, rather the chip itself is 3-D. Normally computer chips are made up of layers of flat semiconductors, and transistors, and while chip manufacturers have been able to shrink the size of these semiconductors over the years, they had reached some physical limits. The engineers at Intel decided the only way forward was to make microscopic, 3-D semiconductors, and transistors. The design of this chip is amazing in itself, but what is really spectacular (and what consumers will care about) is that they will be more powerful, and more efficient than any chip ever made before. More power and more efficient One of the biggest problems with computers is the amount of heat they generate, and one of the biggest issues with mobile devices such as laptops, netbooks, and smartphones is that they only have a limited amount of power available to them from their battery. This revolutionary new chip not only combats both of those issues, but it also does it while being even more efficient. The new technology is being slated for Intel’s next batch of processors called Ivy Bridge. Bearing in mind that Intel’s latest processors known as Sandy Bridge are the most efficient to date, the new Ivy Bridge chips will use up to 50% less power, and will perform up to 37% quicker than current generation processors. What does all this mean? What does this mean? The implications are going to be huge when it comes to mobile devices. Users will be able to much more powerful smartphones, much more powerful laptops, but they will also be able to enjoy the benefits of having batteries that will last much longer while on the go. Less charging will mean happier end users, and less scalding heat coming from your laptop as it sits on your legs will be welcome too. There is no release date for the new tri-gate design chips, but I cannot wait until they are released. Sources:, 3-D Tri-Gate Technology, by Jeff Bruner