FUD Zilla reports Intel's Ivy Bridge laptop platform will be called Chief River, while the desktop platform is named Maho Bay. This new notebook platform features a 22nm processor and promises better battery life, improved wireless display technology, DX11 graphics and USB 3.0 support. Expected availability is early 2012.
The key new features include 22nm processors that should get much faster with a reasonable TDP and higher performance. In a way Ivy Bridge is a die shrink of Sandy Bridge 32nm to 22nm a part of Intel’s Tick Tock safe passage strategy. Going to a new process and radically changing the core is too risky.
Intel promises better battery life and new and more impressive ULV platforms coming. Media capabilities should get even better as well as improved wireless display. DirectX 11 graphics also found their way to the Ivy Bridge and Chief River platform and graphics performance should get much better.