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Ivy Bridge CPU Torndown, Photographed, Tri-Gates Revealed

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Media and Consulting firm UBM TechInsights says it was able to obtain a sample of Intel's 22 nm Ivy Bridge processor ahead of the CPU's official launch.

The company deconstructed the chip and performed a structural analysis that is planned to be released in two parts on May 4 and May 18. Some images have been released by EETimes, which is also part of UBM.

According to TechInsights, the 3.3 GHz Core i5-3550 was packaged in Malaysia and has a die size of 170 mm2, which is down from 208 mm2 for a comparable Sandy Bridge processor. The company analyzed the processor using electron microscopy as well as "x-ray techniques" and spreading resistance profiling and said it discovered 90 nm gate pitches in the embedded SRAM, but also 22 nm gate lengths in the logic areas.

A published picture confirms Intel's 22 nm tri-gate 3D transistors.

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    mitunchidamparam , 17 April 2012 06:26
    piledriver is going to blow this stupid ivy bridge
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    kohvitass , 17 April 2012 08:45
    mitunchidamparampiledriver is going to blow this stupid ivy bridge

    Best Sandy Bridge processor is still 20% faster than anything AMD has made.
    Ivy Bridge will also be about a 20% performance boost.
    No wonder Intel has delayed their tick for 3 months, no competition at all.
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    tulx , 17 April 2012 16:37
    mitunchidamparampiledriver is going to blow this stupid ivy bridge

    Please take your fanatism elsewhere. This is a tech site. AMD makes good processors for low to mid-range pricepoints, not for high-end.
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    fishyfish , 23 April 2012 18:29
    mitunchidamparampiledriver is going to blow this stupid ivy bridge



    Yeah, just like all AMD CPUs in last few years!


    Oh, wait...