Intel Sandy Bridge will Account for 20% of Intel Desktops in Q1 2011

November 9, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Intel is all set to launch its first Sandy Bridge CPUs at CES in January 2011. According to sources from motherboard makers, the Sandy Bridge processor will account for 20 percent of Intel’s desktop line up by the first quarter of 2011.

According to sources, several motherboard makers are preparing compatible 6-series motherboards that are aimed at the performance market. The motherboard makers are expecting the new products to contribute strong profits and shipments in the first half of 2011.

Just like previous processors, these new chips promise to be faster than their predecessors, but we believe it will be their floating point capability that will open the doors to new opportunities.

Just to remind you, the Sandy Bridge will bring graphics components into the processor itself, allowing cache to be shared with the core for improved video performance.

Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) will accelerate media tasks and use a 256-bit instruction base designed to target its namesake floating point math for chores such as media editing.

The 32 nm architecture will succeed the current Westmere processors that are using a Nehalem foundation. Processors will be available initially with two and four cores, while six and eight cores will follow further down the road. The clock speeds will range from 2.2 to 3.4 GHz with boost rates of up to 3.8 GHz.

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