Intel Details 2011 Notebook Processor Lineup
Intel has announced new details of its upcoming second-generation Core processor family, which will be available in notebooks and PCs early 2011. The new chips, codenamed “Sandy Bridge”, will be built on a 32nm fabrication process with second-generation high-k metal gate transistors.
Dadi Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager of the Intel Architecture Group, said, “Our upcoming 2nd Generation Intel Core processor family represents the biggest advance in computing performance and capabilities over any previous generation.”
One of the key features of Sandy Bridge is its “ring” architecture, which allows the built-in graphics to share resources such as cache and memory with the processor to increase performance and energy efficiency.
Sandy Bridge’s built-in graphics processor is focused on HD video, 3D, and mainstream gaming.
The new chips will also have an enhanced version of Intel’s current Turbo Boost technology. Turbo Boost automatically accelerates performance by shifting and reallocating resources. Another new feature is Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX), allowing the processor to better manage, rearrange, and sort data. It will include a new 256-bit instruction set to accelerate floating point intensive applications like photo editing.