While we are still more than half a year away from the moment that Ivy Bridge will make its official appearance, Intel has already revealed a series of details about its 2013 processor architecture, which goes by the name of Haswell.
Haswell will follow Intel's tick-tock development cycle and the first chips to make their appearance in 2013 will be fabricated using the 22nm Tri-Gate technology.
This will be for the first time introduced in Ivy Bridge and it promises to increase the energy efficiency of the processors built using it by as much as 50% when compared with the current 32nm planar transistors used for the Sandy Bridge CPUs.
As a result, we can expect Haswell to feature clock speeds well above the 3GHz (and even the 4GHz) mark as well as better integrated graphics performance.
In fact, Intel is so confident in its integrated graphics that they claim this will achieve a 12X performance increase by 2015, without surpassing the thermal envelope of the company's current CPUs.
Just a year after the introduction of the first Haswell processors, Intel will transition the architecture to the 14nm production node, which should enable the Santa Clara giant to reach even lower TDPs.
No other details are available right now about Intel's Haswell chips, but these are expected to feature an integrated design, just as Intel's current Sandy Bridge CPUs.
Furthermore, Haswell processors should also carry over some of the features that will be introduced for the first time in Ivy Bridge, such as the integrated PCI Express Gen 3 controller.
At the same analyst conference that Intel revealed these details about Haswell, the company also confirmed that they plan to speed up the development of the Atom CPUs.
As a result, by 2014, these are expected to be fabricated on the same process technology as their mainstream CPU counterparts.