Ivy Bridge is the codename for Intel's next microprocessor. The Ivy Bridge processor will be a follow-on from the company's successful Second Generation Core (codenamed Sandy Bridge) technology. The Ivy Bridge chips will use the Sandy Bridge architecture, but unlike Sandy Bridge chips, which use Intel's 32 nanometre transistor technology, Ivy Bridge will be built on Intel's 22 nanometre technology.
Ivy Bridge's 22nm transistors will be based on Intel's 3-D Tri-Gate transistor technology, which allows for more transistors to be packed into a CPU. The smaller transistors and the new 3-D technology, which will see them sitting closer together, will allow Ivy Bridge to run faster and to be more power efficient than current Sandy Bridge CPUs. Furthermore, it will allow Intel to improve the integrated media and graphics performance of the CPUs.
The new chips will debut in 2012 and will be available for mainstream computers as well as servers. The CPUs for servers will also have integrated storage features.