Sandy Bridge has been officially shown off, thanks to CES. This most recent "tock" of their tick-tock product release strategy, where they release a "tock" is a giant improvement in micro architecture and a "tick" is a minor upgrade from that, brings us the new Core i3, i5, and i7 Intel chips. The most significant change up this upgrade is the fact that Intel, for the first time ever, included an integrated graphics processor inside of the CPU. There are bunch of other new features, as well:
- Introduces much anticipated, game-changing 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processors. Adds a number of visually stunning features built right into the chips through processor graphics.
- Includes surprising and exciting new features such as, Intel® Quick Sync Video , Intel® HD Graphics, Intel® Wireless Display 2.0, and Intel® Insider™ including collaborations with CinemaNow*, Dixons Retail plc*, Hungama* Digital Media Entertainment, Image Entertainment*, Sonic Solutions*, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Digital Distribution*.
- These processors offer amazing video technology. Intel® Quick Sync can convert a four- minute HD video file on a laptop to play on an iPod in only 16 seconds2, while Intel® Insider™ enables full HD movie downloading and viewing on a PC screen or beaming it from a notebook to an HDTV using Intel WiDi 2.0.
- 20 new processors, new chipsets and new wireless chips including new Intel® Core™ i7, i5 and i3 processors, Intel® 6 Series Chipsets, and Intel® Centrino® WiFi and WiMAX adapters will power more than 500 new PC systems.
To find out what all of those things exactly mean, head on over to Intel's press release