Intel To Launch Sandy Bridge Family At CES 2011

Intel has confirmed that it will launch its next generation of processors, known as Sandy Bridge, at the forthcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next year.

The event will take place on the 5th of January at the Venitian Hotel in Las Vegas according to Mooly Eden, Intel Vice President and General Manager for the PC Client Group.

The chipmaker said in a statement that it will showcase the "world's fastest processor" with built-in technology to enhance users' "visual life".

Sandy Bridge will be the first mainstream processor from Intel that will put the CPU and the Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) onto one chip fabbed using a 32-nanometer process.

The new architecture is expected to replace the current Nehalem but the i3, i5 and i7 names will still be retained; desktop CPUs will be clocked from 2.5GHz to 3.4GHz while laptios will have processor speeds between 2.5Ghz and 2.7GHz.

Graphics performance on Sandy Bridge is also expected to be significantly more powerful than the current generation of off-chip graphics. Furthermore SB power consumption is expected to be 30 per cent less compared to "typical 3D" thanks to "aggressive clock gating, LLC sharing and optimised integer computation".