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PCs, servers demo next-generation Intel CPUs

Posted: 16 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Intel Corp. reported on the development of its next two processor generations at the 2010 Intel Developer Forum.

Intel demonstrated PCs and servers running the 32nm Sandy Bridge which uses a ring bus to link x86 and graphics cores with cache and I/O. A follow on 22nm microprocessor family dubbed Ivy Bridge "is moving through fabs and on track for delivery in 2H 2011," said Paul Otellini, CEO, Intel.

Otellini did not comment on the outlook for the PC market, but pointed out that market research firm Gartner indicated 18 percent overall growth this year and next. "It would be prudent for our long term capacity to prepare for something in that range," Otellini said in a press Q&A.

According to Otellini, Intel architecture is gaining ground in everything from routers to smart TVs, demonstrating a Sony smart TV using an Atom-based SoC to run GoogleTV software that is shipping this fall. He added that "a couple major smart phones" will launch in 2011 using Atom chips.

In terms of security, Otellini said Intel has been working with McAfee Inc. for 18 months on a project to deliver "a trusted machine that only allows trusted software" with first products shipping in 2012. "Only a combination of hardware and software can yield this and that's why we acquired McAfee," he added.

Intel discussed Sandy Bridge versions using two and four Nehalem-class cores with a single graphics core, multi-ported cache and a new memory controller for two channels of DDR3 memory all linked on a ring-protocol bus sporting four times the bandwidth of current chips.

It also integrates DisplayPort and PCIe interfaces.

Intel will ship desktop and single-socket server Sandy Bridge chips early next year. Chips for multiple socket servers will come in late 2011 or 2012.

- Rick Merritt
EE Times

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