Intel has officially launched the first wave of its Ivy Bridge processors with a new tri-gate transistor technology, touting the new chips as the “world’s first 22 nanometer product.”

Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors use a new tri-gate transistor technology to boost processing power while reducing the amount of energy needed.

Traditional planar chip design (left) and Intel’s new Tri-Gate technology (right).

The initial release includes 13 quad-core processors, most of which will be targeted at desktop computers.

Further dual core processors, suitable for ultrabooks – thin laptops – will be announced “later this spring”.

Intel and PC manufacturers expect the release to drive a wave of new sales.

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