The Intel Developer Forum (IDF) has seen the chip giant reveal more information about its upcoming Sandy Bridge processors, which will be out in desktops and laptops early next year.
These next-generation chips are built on a 32nm process, and the big change is that the processor will come with a built-in graphics engine alongside, and a ring architecture which allows both to share resources such as cache memory. Previously, integrated graphics have come bolted onto the motherboard.
The Sandy Bridge chips will also come with Intel Advanced Vector Extensions to deliver improved performance, and a new 256-bit instruction set to accelerate floating point intensive applications such as digital photo editing.
An enhanced version of Intel’s Turbo Boost technology will come with the processors as well, the intelligent system which shuts off unneeded cores to boost up the clock speed of the cores which are in use.
Further benefits will be seen in power consumption, too, but don’t expect Sandy Bridge to suddenly render discrete graphics card solutions obsolete. Gaming fanatics will still want the sort of performance which only high horsepower cards can offer them.
Dadi Perlmutter, Executive VP and General Manager of the Intel Architecture Group commented: “Our upcoming 2nd Generation Intel Core processor family represents the biggest advance in computing performance and capabilities over any previous generation. In addition to offering these features inside Intel-based laptops, we plan to scale these advances across our server data center and embedded computing product portfolio.”