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Intel's Sandy Bridge Getting Accelerated Ramp Up

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Sandy Bridge getting prepped late in 2010.

The next jump in CPU technology from Intel will happen with Sandy Bridge, the biggest overhaul since the introduction of Nehalem.

Originally Sandy Bridge was set to launch in 2011, but Intel CEO Paul Otellini said yesterday that strong demand for the chip will mean that desktop parts start production late this year.

"Due to the very strong reception of Sandy Bridge, we have accelerated our 32-nanometer factory ramp and have raised our capex (capital expenditure) guidance to enable us to meet the anticipated demand," said Otellini, quoted by Cnet. "I am more excited about Sandy Bridge than I have been about any product that the company has launched in a number of years."

According to Electronista's report, the first Sandy Bridge desktop CPUs will run at 3.1GHz. The notebook chips will arrive when the Huron River platform launches in 2011.

Given how young the Core i brand is at the moment, it's likely that Intel will continue on with its current i3, i5, and i7 naming system even with this new generation.

Update We received the following clarification from Intel regarding this story:

During earnings we talked about accelerating the Sandy Bridge RAMP, not the launch date.   By ramp we mean increasing the number of parts we produce after we start production.  As Otellini said, the start of production is still scheduled for the end of the year, no change.

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  • 25 Hide
    bastyn99 , July 15, 2010 10:48 AM
    joytech22Will these also cost a foot and a leg?

    Intel CPU man, nuff said
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    the_wolf88 , July 15, 2010 1:30 PM
    WTF ?!

    And as always we have to buy new mother board to support new s**t from Intel !

    Done with Intel my nexy rig will be from AMD :) 
  • 19 Hide
    joytech22 , July 15, 2010 10:18 AM
    Will these also cost a foot and a leg?
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  • 19 Hide
    joytech22 , July 15, 2010 10:18 AM
    Will these also cost a foot and a leg?
  • 25 Hide
    bastyn99 , July 15, 2010 10:48 AM
    joytech22Will these also cost a foot and a leg?

    Intel CPU man, nuff said
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    crabdog , July 15, 2010 11:05 AM
    fixed:
    "Due to the very strong competition from AMD, we have accelerated our 32-nanometer factory ramp and have raised our capex (capital expenditure) guidance to enable us to meet the competitions' challenge"
  • 6 Hide
    mikewong , July 15, 2010 11:30 AM
    So, should I upgrade to Core i7 1366 now or still wait yet? Can't keep up anymore...
  • 5 Hide
    lradunovic77 , July 15, 2010 11:35 AM
    What's the point of Sandy Bridge?
  • 16 Hide
    lradunovic77 , July 15, 2010 11:36 AM
    New CPU will use 2011 and 1155 socket so it will require a new motherboard, new cpu -> thanks no.
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    gamerk316 , July 15, 2010 12:04 PM
    Quote:
    New CPU will use 2011 and 1155 socket so it will require a new motherboard, new cpu -> thanks no.


    Hence why I skipped i7 and stuck with a C2Q. Either way, upgrading will be dependent on improved performance.
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    Phoenixkatera , July 15, 2010 12:07 PM
    Waiting on upgrading my socket 775 for this, happier to hear they might be pushing it out sooner.
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    Nik_I , July 15, 2010 12:07 PM
    launching it this early seems pointless. sandy bridge was supposed to be the successor to the nehalem architecture. why be making both simultaneously?
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    fazers_on_stun , July 15, 2010 12:08 PM
    crabdogfixed:"Due to the very strong competition from AMD, we have accelerated our 32-nanometer factory ramp and have raised our capex (capital expenditure) guidance to enable us to meet the competitions' challenge"


    Hmmm, AMD reports out their Q2 earnings at 5PM today - won't be long to see if your "very strong competition from AMD" holds any water or not :p .
  • 13 Hide
    Anonymous , July 15, 2010 12:21 PM
    Actually, launching Sandy Bridge this year would make it on time, according to Intel's yearly tick-tock strategy:
    2006 - Conroe
    2007 - Penryn
    2008 - Nehalem
    2009 - Westmere
    2010 - Sandy Bridge
    2011 - Ivy Brigde
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    ricin , July 15, 2010 12:54 PM
    Can't wait to upgrade my Q6700 to an 8 physical-core chip!
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    gnesterenko , July 15, 2010 12:55 PM
    Amusing that some still think no competition from AMD is somehow a good thing...

    "The views expressed here are mine and do not reflect the official opinion of my employer or the organization through which the Internet was accessed."
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    descendency , July 15, 2010 1:16 PM
    This either means AMD's bulldozer is impressive or that Intel is going for the kill.
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    banthracis , July 15, 2010 1:29 PM
    lradunovic77New CPU will use 2011 and 1155 socket so it will require a new motherboard, new cpu -> thanks no.


    Wikipedia'd it I see =D

    It's not actually socket 2011. There's no official name yet, so it's being referred to as "Intel 2011(the year) socket" whoever wrote that on wikipedia just took that to mean the socket name is 2011. It's actually planned to be 1356 pins, though that's not final I think.
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    the_wolf88 , July 15, 2010 1:30 PM
    WTF ?!

    And as always we have to buy new mother board to support new s**t from Intel !

    Done with Intel my nexy rig will be from AMD :) 
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    enzo matrix , July 15, 2010 1:34 PM
    Nik_Ilaunching it this early seems pointless. sandy bridge was supposed to be the successor to the nehalem architecture. why be making both simultaneously?

    Hello people? icore was first launched in 2008. I don't consider that "young"

    Quote:
    Given how young the Core i brand is at the moment, it's likely that Intel will continue on with its current i3, i5, and i7 naming system even with this new generation.

    Pentium 3 and early pentium 4? late pentium 4 and early core 2? This is not unusual.
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    sublifer , July 15, 2010 1:37 PM
    Quote:
    the first Sandy Bridge desktop CPUs will run at 3.1GHz.

    Most likely an exteme edition part that will sell for $1000-1400
    Grr.... Bastards ....
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