Following months of anticipation, Intel has officially released its new Ivy Bridge processor line. The 22-nanometer 3D transistor chips replace Intel’s previous Sandy Bridge processors, and will likely make it into upcoming Mac model refreshes when the time comes. The Ivy Bridge processors will be available in 13 different quad-core i5 and i7 models for now, while more lower-end models will be released later this spring.
A big feature of the Ivy Bridge line-up is on-chip USB 3.0 support, which will likely be coming to future Macs (although this cannot be confirmed for now, of course).
According to Intel Vice President and General Manager of the PC Client Group, Kirk Skaugen, the Ivy Bridge processors are built to handle significantly high-resolution displays (such as the “Retina” displays which are also rumored to be making it into upcoming Mac refreshes).
Intel’s release of the Ivy Bridge chips could mean that new Mac refreshes are right around the corner, although we can’t be certain until Apple gives the word.
Via [9to5 Mac]