"Intel kicked off this week's IDF (Intel developer forum) with
details of its second-generation Core processors, previously
code-named Sandy Bridge. Available "in early 2011," the CPUs will
provide visual performance rivaling discrete GPUs (graphics
processing units), include dedicated hardware for video
transcoding, and offer other architectural improvements including
"next-generation" Turbo Boost technology, the company says.
"Intel had already tipped some details of its second-generation
Core processors, previously known by their "Sandy Bridge" code
name. However, this morning's keynote -- delivered in San Francisco
by Paul Otellini (right), the company's president and CEO, and Dadi
Perlmutter, executive vice president and general manager -- brought
further details as well as some diverting product
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