We all knew that it was coming, and now it's finally here. Sandy Bridge is no longer the "next-generation" of Intel Core architecture; it is now the current (second generation) one.
New features include Intel Insider, Quick Sync Video, and a new version of the company's WiDi, which now adds 1080p HD and content protection for those wishing to beam premium HD content from their laptop screen to their TV.
"The new 2nd Generation Intel Core processors represent the biggest advance in computing performance and capabilities over any other previous generation," said Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager, PC Client Group, Intel. "The built-in visual capabilities enabled by these new processors are stunning. This combined with improved adaptive performance will revolutionize the PC experience in a way that is obvious for every user to see and appreciate – visibly smarter performance."
Incorporating the newly architected Intel HD Graphics on each 32nm die enables significant graphics performance improvements over previous generation graphics, for both HD media processing and mainstream gaming.
The chips are made on Intel's 32 nanometer manufacturing process on the company's second-generation high-k metal gate transistors. More than 500 desktop and laptop PCs are expected from all major OEMs worldwide throughout the next year.
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