Despite Acer’s bullish proposals for an updated S3 ultrabook in April next year it looks like new Ultrabooks won’t start hitting shelves until the second half of 2012 but when they do, we can expect CPU and GPU clock boosts along with the extra goodness that’s going into the chipsets.
It looks like the tri-gate transistor and the 22nm process being used to make the next-gen Ivy Bridge processors will result in some usable performance boosts for the same thermal design ratings. You should also see lower idle power and, with Windows 8, even more power savings that are going to widen the dynamic range of Ultrabooks up even further.
VR-ZONE have published details of the mobile Ivy Bridge parts and they include two that will he used in Ultrabooks. Note that there’s no Core i3 part on the list yet. Early adapters will, as usual, be levered into spending more than they planned.
The two parts for Ultrabooks are:
Core i7-3667U (2.0-3.2GHz, 4MB level 3 cache)
Core i5-3427U (1.8-2.8Ghz, 3MB level 3 cache)
Both platforms include the Intel HD4000 graphics on-die which promises big improvements in performance and adds DX11 support.
The chipset is also updated to the UM77.
Click through to VR-ZONE to see more Ivy-Bridge details and tables.