CES 2011: Intel debuts Sandy Bridge core processor family


CES 2011: Intel debuts Sandy Bridge core processor family

Jenny Williams

Intel will debut its second-generation core processor family, code-named "Sandy Bridge", at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas tomorrow.

Extending chip performance and battery life, the new core i3, i5 and i7 processors are based on Intel's "visibly smart" micro-architecture. A built-in processor graphics engine shares cache and memory with the processor's core to increase computing and graphics performance while maintaining energy efficiency, said the company.

Intel introduced its Sandy Bridge chipset at last year's Intel Developer's Forum in San Francisco. Speaking at the Intel Developer's Forum (IDF), Intel's CEO, Paul Otellini, said Sandy Bridge will revolutionise PCs, providing a single chip with all the critical capabilities for computing.

"Our vision is to create a continuum of personal computing that provides consistency and interoperability across all internet-connected devices in the home, car, office or in your pocket," added Otellini.

Ron Friedman, vice-president and general manager of Intel's microprocessor and chipset development group, said in a blog post: "As we integrated the graphics and the Intel Architecture on the same die, we had to figure out ways to validate the interactions between the compute core and the graphics - interactions that didn't exist before, because they had been on two separate dies."

Intel and AMD have both unveiled products that combine graphics and computational processing on a single die. Experts predict the new chipsets could lead to low-cost PCs with improved battery life.

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