Intel Sandy Bridge CPUs getting early release

Intel has announced that it will launch its next-gen 32nm processor architecture – known as Sandy Bridge – earlier than previously expected, thanks to a "very strong reception" to the new design.  Speaking on the company's financial results call, during which Intel reported over $4bn in operating income, CEO Paul Otellini said that Sandy Bridge chips should arrive late in 2010.

Those 32nm chips will all be for desktop computers, at least initially, with the notebook Sandy Bridge range not launching until early 2011 in the shape of Huron River.  Sandy Bridge supports Hyper Threading and will be available first with four cores and subsequently with six or eight; 2.8GHz to 3.4GHz clock speeds have been promised, though those could be overclocked to 3.0GHz to 3.8GHz using Intel's Turbo Boost technology.

[via Electronista]