Intel Sandy Bridge Launch Confirmed for CES on Jan 5

November 16, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Intel has confirmed that it will officially launch its Sandy Bridge processors at CES on January 5. The company has sent out an invitation confirming that it would launch its latest product at its CES keynote.

The chips, now badged “second generation Intel Core processors”, will be launched by PC Client Group general manager Mooly Eden. One of these will be the “world’s fastest processor,” the invite said.

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.

Earlier, some test results had revealed that the new product’s performance is higher than dedicated graphics for the first time. This may help slow down competition from AMD and NVIDIA. Intel’s current video is notorious for trailing well behind not just dedicated video but often AMD and NVIDIA integrated video as well.

Desktops will get chips ranging from dual 2.5GHz Core i3s to quad 3.4GHz Core i7s. Notebook chips will range from dual 2.5GHz to 2.7GHz Core i5 and i7 chips in the first batch of processors, and desktop replacements will get quad 2.2GHz through to 2.5GHz Core i7s. There have also been reports about Low voltage editions, but those may be launched only at a later time.

You might know that Intel has also promised other technologies in early 2011 that includes the Oak Trail platform for the tablet-bound Atom Z600, Light Peak interconnects, MeeGo devices and early prototypes of future designs like Chief River and Ivy Bridge.

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