Intel launches new Ivy Bridge processors

Intel has confirmed the launch of 14 dual-core processors, as Ivy Bridge products multiply across the chip-making giant's range.

The news comes just over a month after the company announced its quad-core Ivy Bridge processors, and their dual-core counterparts have been eagerly anticipated since. Core i5 and Core i7 versions will be the first to ship, while Core i3 processors are arriving later this year alongside new Pentiums and Celerons.

Notably, four of the CPUs released are ultra-low voltage (ULV), which is set to enable a fresh drive of mainstream and ultrathin laptop production. Intel claims 110 different ultrabooks are now in the pipeline, and plans are in place to double the number of qualifying laptops on the market over the course of the next month. As many as 30 of the ultrabooks have touchscreens and 10 are convertible designs.

An Intel representative told The Verge that some ultrabooks will arrive at the modest price point of $699 (£450).

The host of new processors emerge as the Computex fair looms on June 5, where Ivy Bridge systems are expected to feature heavily. The four-day event in Taiwan has become one of the largest computer and technology fairs in the world, showcasing the very best of the industry's production line.

Sources: Engadget, The Verge