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Intel's Sandy Bridge Getting Accelerated Ramp Up

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • joytech22
    Will these also cost a foot and a leg?
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  • bastyn99
    joytech22Will these also cost a foot and a leg?Intel CPU man, nuff said
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  • ati2ndbest
    Bye Bye AMD.
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  • crabdog
    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"
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  • mikewong
    So, should I upgrade to Core i7 1366 now or still wait yet? Can't keep up anymore...
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  • lradunovic77
    What's the point of Sandy Bridge?
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  • lradunovic77
    New CPU will use 2011 and 1155 socket so it will require a new motherboard, new cpu -> thanks no.
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  • iPhone. Apple. Bad.
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  • gamerk316
    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
    Waiting on upgrading my socket 775 for this, happier to hear they might be pushing it out sooner.
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