Second Generation Intel Sandy Bridge Chips Announced

Posted: March 25, 2011 in Tech
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Mr. Navin Shenoy, Intel’s VP and APAC General Manager

Intel announces the much anticipated, game-changing 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processors with surprising new features, services and partnership that combine to deliver an entirely new visual experience with processor graphics built in.

Mr. Navin Shenoy with (from left) Mr. Jason Ty, Channel Platform Manager and Mr. Ricky Banaag, Country Manager, Intel Philippines

New features include Intel® Insider™, Intel® Quick Sync Video, and a new version of the company’s award-winning Intel® Wireless Display (WiDi), which now adds 1080p HD and content protection for those wishing to beam premium HD content from their laptop screen to their TV.

“The computing performance and capabilities of the new 2nd Generations Intel® Core™ processors represent the biggest advance over previous generations,” said Navin Shenoy, vice president and APAC general manager, Intel. “The built-in visual capabilities enabled by these new processors are perfectly suited for Filipinos’ visual lifestyle, particularly in light of the market’s talent for producing video content that is shared worldwide through Youtube, Facebook and other sites. This new family of processors from Intel will revolutionize the PC experience in a way that is obvious for every user to see and appreciate visibly smarter performance.”

New Visual Experience

The 2nd Generation Intel Core processors is the first to combine visual and 3D graphics technology with performance-leading microprocessors on a single chip. Incorporating the newly architected Intel® HD Graphics on each 32nm die enables significant graphics performance improvements over previous-generation graphics for both HD media processing and mainstream gaming. New processor graphics technology will also focus on the areas where most people are computing today: HD video, photos, multi-tasking and online socializing and multimedia.

Shenoy showed how consumers can now also use Intel WiDi 2.0 to beam content such as movies and videos to their big-screen HDTVs. Additional Intel WiDi 2.0 improvements include support for 1080pHD as well as protected content either streaming from the Internet or played locally from a Blu-ray or DVD player.

Another unique element of the visual experience built into the 2nd Generation Intel Core processor family is Intel Quick Sync Video. This built-in hardware acceleration takes the wait out of editing and sharing videos with astonishing performance that completes in minutes what used to take hours. Now faster than ever, consumers can edit, convert and share videos with friends and family. Intel estimated that a 4-minute HD video that used to take 4 minutes to convert to play on an iPod would now just take 16 seconds.

“Because today’s Filipino creates rather than just consumes it, the 2nd Generation Intel Core family of processors aims to fill an urgent need for visually stunning performance while keeping energy consumption at an all-time low” said Ricky Banaag, country manager, Intel Microelectronics Philippines, Inc. “PC usage in the Philippines is evolving, and as Sponsors of Tomorrow, Intel provides the necessary technologies to give Filipinos the best visual experience on their PCs.”

Smart Performance

The Intel® Core™ i5 and i7 processors also include the enhanced Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0. This feature automatically reallocates processor core and processor graphics resources to accelerate performance, giving users an immediate performance boost when and where it’s needed.

Other new chip features include Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX), Intel® InTru™ 3-D, and Intel® Clear Video Technology HD. Intel InTru 3-D enables immersive stereoscopic 3-D to 3-D-capable HDTVs or monitors via HDMI 1.4, making movie excitement almost come out of the screen.

Intel® AVX increases performance for such demanding visual applications as audio processing and professional video image editing such as stitching together multiple photographs. Intel® Clear Video improves the visual quality and color fidelity during video playback for a spectacular screen experience.

Energy Efficiency

The chips are made on Intel’s 32nm manufacturing process on the company’s second-generation high-k metal gate transistors. These unique advantages further boost performance; reduce power consumption for better battery life and smaller designs, and lower overall manufacturing costs.

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