Feeds

Son of Nehalem due this year

Sandy Bridge to the future

The essential guide to IT transformation

It's now official: Intel's next-generation microarchitecture, dubbed Sandy Bridge, will appear in late 2010.

As reported by ZDNet UK, the announcement was made by the co-general manager of Intel's architecture group, David "Dadi" Perlmutter, at the Intel Developer Forum currently underway in Beijing.

Not that the release date is a surprise. As we noted as early as last August, rumors of a fourth-quarter release of the microarchitecture-upgrade tock to the 32nm Nehalem processors' tick have been circulating for some time. But now those rumors have been upgraded to plans.

Among other enhancements, the Sandy Bridge microarchitecture will incoporate Intel's AVX (Advanced Vector Extensions) technology, a new set of instructions that promise to improve SSE4 performance in such applications, according to Chipzilla, as " financial analysis, media content creation, natural resource industry, and HPC computing."

Sandy Bridge will also support Intel's AES encryption/decryption instructions, and it will include an enhanced graphics core that promises such niceties as improved floating point and video performance - and which sounds like a good candidate for OpenCL GPU-as-CPU offloading.

In Intel's tick-tock processor-development model, Sandy Bridge will also be the microarchitecture used when the company's 22nm fabs come online, an inordinately expensive development planned for the second half of next year. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Pay to play: The hidden cost of software defined everything
Enter credit card details if you want that system you bought to actually be useful
Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'
Games disrupted as firm struggles to control network
HP busts out new ProLiant Gen9 servers
Think those are cool? Wait till you get a load of our racks
Silicon Valley jolted by magnitude 6.1 quake – its biggest in 25 years
Did the earth move for you at VMworld – oh, OK. It just did. A lot
VMware's high-wire balancing act: EVO might drag us ALL down
Get it right, EMC, or there'll be STORAGE CIVIL WAR. Mark my words
Forrester says it's time to give up on physical storage arrays
The physical/virtual storage tipping point may just have arrived
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.