Huron River is scheduled to launch in early 2011 and will be based on a 32nm manufacturing process. The memory and graphics controller will be located on the processor chip, codenamed ‘SandyBridge’, like current Core i3/i5 processors; Intel claims the graphics performance of SandyBridge processors will be significantly improved.
SandyBridge will use the Hyper-Threading technology the company originally introduced with its Pentium 4 processors; it is currently used in the latest Core i3/i5/i7 processors and the Atom. Hyper-Threading technology improves performance by about 40% while only requring 20% more silicon in manufacuturing; Hyper-Threading is a possible alternative to adding more processor cores, which double the amount of silicon required but only increase performance by a factor of 1.8x.
Intel said in the future the company plans to be more platform-focused; it used to create one processor design and use it for multiple platforms, which will no longer be the case going forward.