Intel Sandy Bridge Chips, Wafer, and Motherboard From IDF 2010

We are out at the Intel Developers Forum taking place in San Francisco over the next few days and just snapped a few interesting pictures of the company’s upcoming Sandy Bridge processor. What you see pictured here is a wafer of 32nm Sandy Bridge processors, the actual processor with its die exposed (sans heatspreader), and a motherboard to accommodate the chip.

Intel DP67BG Burrage LGA1155 Motherboard and Sandy Bridge Processor

Intel Sandy Bridge Versus Nehalem and Westmere Cores (left) Sandy Bridge Wafer (right)

We are currently at work detailing information released during the opening keynote at the show, but wanted to give you this quick glimpse of the hardware. As you can see in the images above, Sandy Bridge has a significantly smaller die than 45nm Nehalem, despite having integrated graphics. Also, the CPU and GPU reside on a single die, unlike Westmere which is sitting right next to Sandy Bridge, that utilizes a multi-chip module type package with discrete die for each component.

The motherboard on display appeared to be an upcoming enthusiast offering from Intel for Sandy Bridge, but the actual naming of the board wasn’t disclosed. In addition to the “extreme” color scheme, which Intel has been available from Intel for a while now on their enthusiast class motherboards, the mobo pictured here lacked any kind of display output. We assume this board is either an early engineering sample or it’s a board targeted at gamers who will most likely use discrete graphics. It features the upcoming 6-Series chipset for Sandry Bridge, which will have native support for SATA 6G, socket 1155, and USB 3.0 via an NEC controller. No native USB 3.0 on Intel chipsets for the immediate future.

Stay tuned to HotHardware for more coverage from IDF as the day and week progresses.

Via:  HotHardware
inspector 4 years ago

Staying tuned, not much to talk about with these so far :). More info! :D.

animatortom 4 years ago

So this is only an attempt to save money by streamlining production for more chips on a single waffer :P

So lets use the Hammer mould, to generate the circular saws as well?;)

acarzt 4 years ago

Socket 1155?

Sooooo.... is that a typo and was supposed to be 1156? or is this a totally new Socket?

If so... man what a pain, gonna have to buy a new board to use the new Chip.

Any planned date on when these bad boys will be hitting shelves?

Inspector 4 years ago

Im going to say it was not a typo, if it was there would be no need for a new mobo to be made with it :D. This also just means more money for them, so they try their best to make a new socket everyday :D lol.

SmogHog 4 years ago

Here's a chance for AMD to increase their market share by coming out with a chipset that supports both SATA 3.0 and USB 3.0

Intel may never add USB 3.0 support in their chipsets and just push their own licenced tech that they announced earlier in the year.

realneil 4 years ago

It gets old buying new gear all of the time and at the prices that Intel bling costs, some of us are left out in the cold.

lonewolf 4 years ago

If it performs people will buy it. Intel makes a great CPU but I want to see how their integrated graphics perform. Are they still in the SSD business?

realneil 4 years ago

[quote user="lonewolf"] If it performs people will buy it.       Are they still in the SSD business? [/quote]

You're right, It will sell because there is a lot of money floating around out there in the world.

I remember the Old, old days when they used to make adapters that would allow you to use a CPU in a board that had a different socket or slot on it.  Indifferent   It would be cool to be able to 'graduate' our 1156's to this new configuration.

And as far as I know, Intel still makes some mighty fine SSD's.


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