SAN JOSE, Calif. Ė Intel Corp. provided an update on its next two processor generations in the first day of the Intel Developer Forum.
Intel showed PCs and servers running its next architecture, 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 the second half of 2011," said chief executive Paul Otellini in a keynote address.
Otellini would not comment on the outlook for PC market but did point to market research from Gartner indicating overall 18 percent 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.
Intel architecture is gaining ground in everything from routers to smart TVs, he said, showing a demo of a Sony smart TV using an Atom-based SoC to run GoogleTV software and shipping this fall. In addition, "a couple major smartphones" will launch in 2011 using Atom chips, he added.
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 thatís why we acquired McAfee," he added.
Intel chief executive Paul Otellini said 22nm Ivy Bridge processors are in the fab
But Sandy Bridge was the main star of the first day keynotes. Intel discussed 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.
Sandy Bridge also integrates DisplayPort and PCI Express interfaces. Technical sessions describing the architecture continue through the day.
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.