Intel roadmap shows speedier Sandy Bridge, next-gen Ivy Bridge

“An uncovered roadmap in the midst of Intel’s Developer Forum in Beijing has revealed plans from Intel to speed up its current desktop processors from the Sandy Bridge platform as well as some early details of its Ivy Bridge successor,” Electronista reports. “A fall update known as Sandy Bridge-E should upgrade the current platform with support for 16X PCI Express video cards, a quad-channel memory interface, and expected upgrades like increased Level 3 memory cache and more cores. WCCFTech’s copy doesn’t show any more than six-core processors, although the pricing would put it in the mid-range or higher for a territory occupied by quad-core chips.”

Electronista reports, “Ahead of time, Intel is expected to have a Core i7 980 in the spring, likely a slight speed upgrade to the i7 970 without the unlocked processor elements of the 980X Extreme Edition. The existing Sandy Bridge lineup would get a slew of upgrades in the spring and the summer, including faster Core i3, i5, and i7 models.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Judge Bork” for the heads up.]


  1. I read in 9to5mac that the iPad2 (with A5) was faster than any other mac (even a MacPro) to render HD video.
    Could be very interesting to see a A5 co working with a sandy bridge processor to help on the graphics and coding – decoding video. Or just make a powerful A5 that won’t need intel at all.

  2. i have been waiting for my last desktop… an iMac… I dont see any need in the future… but for now it would be nice if Apple gave the iMac a massive boast… Looking forward to Thunderbolt I/O as well.

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