Intel Sandy Bridge to debut at CES

Intel will use the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to show off its new mainstream processor, codenamed Sandy Bridge, which has integrated graphics, power management and HD encoding as standard

Intel has revealed details of its new range of mainstream processors, codenamed Sandy Bridge, in advance of their expected debut at the Consumer Electronics Show.

The 32nm Sandy Bridge processors will come in three variants — i3, i5 and i7 — across 29 separate processors, all with fully integrated on-die graphics. The processors are expected to go into devices offered by all the main computer manufacturers. Sandy Bridge will be launched at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

i7 Intel chip image

The i7 is one of three Sandy Bridge processors that Intel plans to show off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Credit: Intel

Sandy Bridge will be 42 percent faster at content creation and 50 percent faster at gaming than previous generations of Intel chips, according to a report by ZDNet UK's sister site CNET News.

Sandy Bridge is the first Intel architecture with an integrated graphical processing unit (GPU) on the same die as its CPUs. The GPU and the CPUs will share a memory cache.

The chip includes hardware-based video pre-processing and encoding, so video can be converted into MPEG advanced video coding at up to 1080p through the chip's hardware, rather than software.

The range also features Turbo Boost 2.0 technology, which allows individual processor cores to be dynamically boosted beyond their standard clockspeed according to the task to which they are assigned, while managing heat.

In addition, the Sandy Bridge chips will ship with a feature known as Intel Insider, which will make it easier for consumers to access and stream high-definition films on their computers while not being able to illegally copy the content, according to Intel.

On Tuesday Lenovo announced that its new series of IdeaPad laptops, which will be shown at CES, will incorporate Sandy Bridge processors in either the i7 or i5 variants.

The first devices expected to debut with Sandy Bridge inside will use quad-core processes, according to CNET News.

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