Originally Posted by Anand
Intel's Mooly Eden just disclosed Ivy Bridge's transistor count to a captive audience at IDF this morning: 1.48 billion transistors. That's presumably for the quad-core version compared to 995M in Sandy Bridge. That's nearly a 50% increase in transistor count. Don't pay attention to the die shot above, that's not an accurate representation of Ivy Bridge. Intel is holding off on showing the die until closer to launch. Why? Likely to avoid early disclosure of how much of the die is dedicated to the GPU. As you'll see in our Ivy Bridge architecture piece later today, the lion's share of those transistors are improvements in the GPU.
Damn! Intel is serious on the IGP front here.