At its IDF in China, Intel officials said that their "Sandy Bridge" chip platform, which will replace the current "Nehalem" microarchitecture, will be in production by the end of this year. In addition, they outlined their upcoming "Tunnel Creek" Atom-based system-on-a-chip design for embedded applications, such as IP media phones, printers and in-car infotainment systems.
Intel officials used their developer conference in China
to give the industry a peek at their upcoming 32-nanometer "Sandy
Bridge" processor platform and
their "Tunnel Creek" Atom-based system-on-a-chip.
In his keynote speech at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing
April 13, Dadi Perlmutter, executive vice president and co-general manager of
the Intel Architecture Group, told the audience that Sandy
Bridge, the successor to the chip
maker's "Nehalem" platform, will be in production toward the end of 2010.
The chips are set to appear in desktops and notebooks in early
2011, according to Intel. Company officials say the new processors will offer a
20 percent improvement over the current Core i notebooks chips.
Perlmutter's announcement comes two weeks after Intel unveiled
7500 "Nehalem EX"
processor family for servers with four or more sockets.
The four- to eight-core chip line was the final processor family to be based on
the Nehalem microarchitecture. Intel has refreshed its entire line of PC and
server chips with the Nehalem platform.
Among the key features in Sandy Bridge will be Intel's AVX
(Advanced Vector Extension) instructions, which is designed to improve the
speeds for image, video and audio processing, according to Intel. Company
officials also said the AVX feature will
help accelerate processing of engineering applications, such as 3D modeling,
scientific simulation and financial analytics.
Intel's AES New Instructions
will accelerate encryption and decryption processing.
Doug Davis, vice president and general manager of Intel's
Embedded and Communications Group, outlined the company's Tunnel Creek SoC
platform, which is being designed for such devices as tablets, IP phones,
printers and in-car infotainment systems.
Tunnel Creek will be based on the "Moorestown"
Atom design, and will also feature an integrated Atom processor core, memory
controller hub, graphics engine and video engine.
In addition, Tunnel Creek will include PCI Express, which Intel
officials said will increase the platform's flexibility for embedded
applications by enabling other companies to connect their own PCI
Express-compliant devices directly to the chip.