Sandy Bridge is the first processor architecture in which GPU and CPU cores are integrated into a single die. It will be made according to the 32nm process technology. Volume shipments are slated for early 2011.
GPU and CPU interaction is handled by Ring, a new internal interface that succeeds QPI.
Thanks to modular nature, Sandy Bridge can easily be modified into a cheaper dual-core processor. GPU capabilities can also be modified flexibly.
Naturally, Sandy Bridge utilizes a new version of Turbo Boost. Now all four CPU cores or the GPU can be overclocked according to application needs, even with temporarily going beyond the TDP scope.
A few tests were run on both the new and old architecture to demonstrate the advantages of the new one. A number of photos was processed by an HDR filter, an HD movie was converted for iPod, and a 3D scene was rendered. Obviously, Sandy Bridge was faster in every test.
Thanks to new capabilities, Sandy Bridge can be used for real-time object recognition and analysis, e.g. in security systems.
Now some photos of the new processor.
The Intel Wireless Display technology (WiDi) was first introduced at Consumer Electronics Show 2010 in January.
WiDi implies transmitting compressed graphical content over Wi-Fi.
At IDF 2010 the technology was showcased in action on the example of a regular ASUS notebooks with 802.11n support. The notebook used a standard Wi-Fi connection to send content to a device created by Netgear.
Except for a Wi-Fi receiver, the device featured a decoder and could output content to HDMI as well as composite and component interfaces.
In general this all means that you can launch a movie player on a computer and watch the movie on a large-screen TV. HDCP isn't supported yet, but the company promises it will be added. When that happens, you'll also be able to watch licensed content, e.g. Blu-ray movies.
It's interesting that, while playing a movie, the notebook display can be used for other tasks.
Of course, you can output your desktop onto the TV as well.
Note that WiDi is aimed at regular Wi-Fi connections used by PCs and notebooks. You won't be able to connect a PS3 to a TV set this way. But that has never been the goal anyway.
At IDF 2010 Gigabyte showcased two motherboards based on the Intel P67 chipset that will debut in Q1'2011. The series will include other chipsets as well, P67 being a consumer solution.
These Gigabyte motherboards are designed for Sandy Bridge processors that will require the new LGA 1155 socket and will be incompatible with existing motherboards.
GA-P67A-UD7 has 24-phase power circuitry, 4 DDR3 sockets (the dual-channel mode is supported) and 4 PCI Express x16 slots for 3-way SLI and CrossFireX.
Other features include SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0 as well as 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports. The motherboard belongs to the Ultra Durable 3 series, featuring double layers of copper as well as power, reset, clear CMOS buttons.
The lower-end GA-P67A-UD5 just has 20-phase power circuitry and 2 PCI Express x16 slots.
Showcased on the Lian Li PC-T1 Spider Edition chassis was another novelty, a Mini-ITX motherboard.
On the second day of IDF 2010, Intel introduced another addition to the Intel Atom family. This time it was a platform for embedded solutions.
The platform features the Atom Processor E600 (former "Tunnel Creek") and the EG20T PCH.
Made according to the 45nm process technology, Atom Processor E600 features 512KB L2 cache and supports Hyper-Threading and Intel Virtualization.
The company will offer models with clock rates ranging from 600 MHz to 1.6 GHz (2.7W to 3.9W TDP, respectively). The processor features the GMA 600 graphics core and a DDR2 memory controller.
In due time Intel processors were advertised as being able to make the Internet faster. The release of the new Internet Explorer allowed the company to repeat that statement. At a dedicated booth Intel demonstrated how a graphics core built into a Core processor can speed up Internet Explorer 9.
Kingston showcased a number of novelties at IDF 2010.
A 4GB dual-channel kit KHX2133 of the XMP series. 2133 MHz clock rate, CAS9, liquid cooling.
A USB 3.0 external hard drive box.
DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 flash drive.
Connected to a USB 3.0 port, the novelty should offer up to 80MB/s read speed and 60MB/s write speed. Kingston supplies the flash drive with a Y-cable one might need to connect it to a USB 2.0 port. In which case read/write speeds will be up to 30MB/s.
16GB, 32GB and 64GB capacities are available. The drive is sized 74 x 22 x 16 mm and is backed by 5-year warranty. US prices are as follows: $89 for a 16GB drive, $138 for a 32GB drive, and $270 for a 64GB drive.
Mini ITX motherboards with which you can trace changes related to Sandy Bridge were showcased at IDF 2010 in San Francisco.
A G6x-based board with the LGA 1155 socket.
Note the different interfaces and their layout.
The standard cooler is now lower, because Sandy Bridge dissipates less heat.
Compare it with a Lynnfield cooler.
A new motherboard from MSI.
On the back you can see a Mini PCI slot for a Wi-Fi card.
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