We have been informed that most of the attention of this year’s IDF will be aimed at Ultrabooks. This is what Intel hopes to become really big in late 2011 and the first part of 2012.
Of course you can expect to see Ivy Bridge samples in quite good shape there, as well as Cedar View new generation of 32nm Atoms that should launch in September. The star of the show is still this quite expensive sexy form factor dubbed Ultrabook.
The key point of 2011 Ultrabooks is to make space for the second generation of these ultra thin notebooks that will launch after April 2011 as this is the time scheduled for Ivy Bridge 22nm next generation CPU core. The more precise date is Q2 2012 but we don’t have better timeframe than that .
Ultrabooks will become even more attractive with the introduction of new, faster and better CPUs that should need even less power and will enable thinner designs. Ivy Bridge should get some 20 percent more CPU performance and graphics performance should jump by about 30 percent, thanks to its new graphics core, all compared to Sandy Bridge current 32nm generation and Huron River platform.
In the ultrathin performance market Ivy Bridge will offer even more performance in a 17W TDP envelope and higher clocks than today’s Core i7 2677M that has two cores, four threads and base clock of 1.8GHz, that can jump all the way to 2.9GHz with the help of turbo.
An Ultrabook with a dual core Ivy Bridge at 2GHz+ with Turbo at 3GHz+ sounds like a neat idea. One more thing, we would not be surprised to see the first public demo of Haswell, a brand new 22nm architecture that among other things features DirectX 11.1 graphics as well as full DirectX 11 support and Open GL 3.2+ support. We also expect a new codename, something other than Haswell.
Stay tuned for September 13th 2011 and September 14th for new info.