Intel’s 2011 2nd Generation

We all know about everything related to the Intel Core processor family 2010. They have many features which we had shared in our posts. At the Intel Developer Forum, Intel Corporation shared several features of Intel’s 2011 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processor family related to design. According to Intel that this new generation of Intel® Core™ processor family will increase the chip performance, battery life and other features too.

Its codename is “Sandy Bridge”, according to Intel:

Sandy Bridge will be based on Intel’s first new “visibly smart” microarchitecture produced on the company’s cutting-edge manufacturing factories, or “fabs,” at 32-nanometer (nm is a billionth of a meter) process technology with second- generation high-k metal gate transistors.

Dadi Perlmutter who is the Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Intel Architecture Group said that:


The way people and businesses are using computers is evolving at an explosive rate, fueling demand for an even more powerful and visually appealing experience. Our upcoming 2nd Generation Intel Core processor family represents the biggest advance in computing performance and capabilities over any previous generation.

Dadi Perlmutter also added that:

In addition to offering these features inside Intel-based laptops, we plan to scale these advances across our server data center and embedded computing product portfolio.

Intel’s also told that:

The processor family will include a new “ring” architecture that allows the built-in processor graphics engine to share resources such as cache, or a memory reservoir, with the processor’s core to increase a device’s computing and graphics performance while maintaining energy efficiency.

The 2nd Generation Intel Core processor will be available in laptops and PCs early next year. Let’s talk about something related to the new visual experience (visibility smart). According to Intel:

Intel’s new processor graphics delivers enhanced visual features focused on the areas where most users are computing today:  HD video, 3-D, mainstream gaming, multi-tasking and online socializing and multimedia. The 2011 chips also come with Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX).  AVX delivers improved performance, rich functionality and the ability to better manage, rearrange and sort data. A new 256-bit instruction set accelerates floating point intensive applications such as digital photo editing and content creation.

At the Forum, Intel also demonstrated next-generation Intel®  Xeon® processor server running Vidyo (video conferencing software) which allows you to utilizes the 32 threads available on the system, and takes advantage of the AES New Instructions set (AESNI). We are very thankful to Intel Pakistan for providing us details.