Intel's 2010 roadmap

Intel's 2010 roadmap

Summary: From hardware-accelerated AES encryption via 32nm manufacturing to GPU integration and six cores, Intel's CPU roadmap holds great promise. The chip-maker's upcoming Larrabee 3D graphics processor remains short on detail though.

TOPICS: Hardware, Reviews

Intel's roadmap for the next 12 months, presented at IDF in San Francisco, includes a gradual transition to a 32-nanometer (nm) manufacturing process, the first CPUs with integrated graphics processing and a six-core processor for desktops.

But the chip giant has even more ambitious plans: in the course of 2010, Intel will launch the Larrabee chip, whose first incarnation in the form of a discrete 3D graphics card should provide competition for ATI and Nvidia. A little further down the line, towards the end of 2010 or early 2011, we'll see a new architecture in the shape of Sandy Bridge.

On the following pages, we provide an overview of Intel's upcoming developments in desktop, notebook, netbook and graphics processors.


Topics: Hardware, Reviews

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  • The trouble with...

    Both Intel & AMD they still insist on messing people about with there socket deployments methods, anyone out there now purchasing expensive mainboards for current cpu's will receive a hefty kick in teeth for there efforts come summer 2010, where there'll abruptly discover they cannot upgrade to a newer cpu's because there mainboard socket's will be obsoleted.

    (S1366 X58Express users, Will get one measly upgrade offering called the Gulftown and thats it.)

    So that just leaves the current watered down range of the P55 or P55express chipsets shipping with the S1156 & I5 cpu's, for any hope of future proofing there current purchases.

    So buyer's don't even get a years worth of upgradeable options now for there hard earned cash, I think its about time this area of the market starts to receive regulation because there blatantly ripping people off, by forcing them to upgrade there mainboards every time they release a new cpu.

    Lets not forget about the environmental impact obsolete circuitry boards also have, the whole point of the PC AT platform was to maximize the use of development & interoperability.

    Which beckons the question why the hell haven't they got a universal socket yet.