Sandy Bridge, is the codename for a microprocessor architecture developed by Intel as the successor to Nehalem. It is based on the 32 nm process, development began in 2005 at Intel’s Israel Development Center in Haifa. Processors based on this architecture are marketed as the second generation of the Core i series and were announced on January 3, 2011.
Now Intel is refreshing its Pentiums with a trio of new CPUs based on the Sandy Bridge platform, releasing them on May 22. Intel’s desktop processor lineup, once dominated by the Pentium brand has since become a value line, sitting between the lower end Celeron family and the higher end, better performing Core i3 series.
Intel will release three new dual-core processors to sell at wholesale for between $50 and $100. Here is the breakdown:
- The Pentium G620 runs at 2.6GHz and costs $64.
- The Pentium G840 runs at 2.8GHz and costs $75.
- The Pentium G850 runs at 2.9GHz and costs $86.
Each comes with 3MB of L3 cache and integrated HD graphics, and uses the new Socket 1155. They will compete against AMD’s Athlon II processors for those looking for a little more performance than a bare-bone system using a Celeron CPU.
Security featues for Stolen or Lost PC’s
Because network administrators or just PC owners are frequently looking for ways to bolster the security of their system, Intel offers a new approach. The Sandy Bridge processors have security features built in that include the ability to remotely disable a PC or erase information from hard drives. This can be useful in the case of a lost or stolen PC. The commands can be received through 3G signals, ethernet, or internet connections. AES encryption acceleration will be available, which can be useful for video conferencing and VoIP applications. This no doubt in this day of new hacking techniques will be a will add some comfort to users, and also network admins.