Intel to push Sandy Bridge

Intel wants to move its Sandy Bridge chips on the desktop market even more quickly than expected.

Already the outfit’s move to the 32nm manufacturing process and Nehalem/Westmere micro-architecture products has been going like the clappers, but X-Bit claims that the transition to will be even more rapid.

Intel has said that it wants ship the Sandy Bridge architecture by the first quarter of 2011. To do that it will have to ship hundreds of thousands desktop processors powered by the new micro-architecture by Christmas.

But it appears that Intel wants to make sure that there is a wide range of Sandy-Bridge-based chips running on the desktop. Sandy Bridge will be available as Core i7, Core i5, Core i3, Pentium ranges, X-Bit claims.

Already in Q1 2011, Intel plans to rather substantially increase the share of its Sandy Bridge chips among desktop processors to around 12 per cent and then increase this in the second quarter.

This will be when Intel intends to release Pentium processors powered by the new micro-architecture for entry-level markets.

It looks like the first Intel Sandy Bridge chips will feature two or four cores with Turbo Boost and Hyper-Threading technology as well as integrated graphics processor that will actually be on the same die as the x86 cores.

The chips will address mainstream market segments currently served by Intel Core i7, Core i5 and Core i3 processors, hence, there will be a lot of different models with 65W (dual-core, quad-core)or 95W (quad-core) thermal design power.

The new processors will use LGA1155 form-factor and will be compatible with platforms based on the Intel 6-series chipsets code-named Cougar Point.

Whhat is strange is that Intel seems to be ignoring USB 3 as a capability of the core logic. Some Intel-series chipsets will also not support PCI.