Intel sets production date for Sandy Bridge

The company's successor to Nehalem, which will transition from a 32nm process to 22nm, will go into chip production by the end of 2010, Intel has confirmed

Intel has said its next chip platform, codenamed Sandy Bridge, will go into production by the end of 2010.

The architecture will be the first to incorporate Intel Advanced Vector Extension (AVX) instructions, Intel architecture group co-general manager David Perlmutter told the Intel Developer Forum conference in Beijing on Tuesday.

"Intel architecture delivers the right combination of performance and power that provides the foundation across all computing devices creating a virtual continuum of computing," said Perlmutter in a statement.

Sandy Bridge, the successor to Nehalem, is built on the second generation of Intel's high-k 32nm (nanometre) processing technology. The architecture will span the next process transition to 22nm.

Processors built using the Sandy Bridge architecture will support Intel AVX, which is designed to accelerate processing speeds for image, video, and audio processing, said the statement. Intel AVX is also designed to speed up processing for engineering applications, 3D modelling, scientific simulation, and financial analysis.

Encryption and decryption processing using the Sandy Bridge architecture will also accelerate, according to Intel. Sandy Bridge supports the chipmaker's AES New Instructions (AES-NI), which are seven software instructions designed to speed data encryption and decryption.