We've tackled what you need to know about Intel's third-generation, Ivy Bridge CPUs, but at a presentation this morning the company pulled back the curtain on some of the hardware we can expect to see in the coming months. We can expect over 200 desktop and 65 all-in-one PCs, and more than 300 notebooks running on Ivy Bridge processors this year.
The processors announced today are strictly quad-core CPUs, primarily aimed at content creators, and performance hungry gaming PCs. Business-centric VPro products and low-power CPUs bound for ultrabooks will be announced in the coming months. The new architecture bakes USB 3.0 and PCIe 3.0 right into the CPU, and will also integrate Intel's Thunderbolt technology — there are currently 21 Thunderbolt-capable devices on the market, but Intel has announced that we can expect 100 by the end of the year, and hundreds by the middle of 2013.
This is just the beginning. The "tock" of the Ivy Bridge cycle is schedule to arrive next year, with the CPUs that are currently codenamed Haswell.