Intel’s “Sandy Bridge” microprocessor features Turbo Boost 2.0

Intel’s “Sandy Bridge” microprocessor features Turbo Boost 2.0

The roll out of demonstrations and specifications of the Intel “Sandy Bridge” microprocessor, at the company’s annual Intel Developer Forum (IDF) conference in San Francisco on Monday, revealed that the microprocessor features the so-called “super turbo boost” capability that can notably accelerate performance.

The executives rolling out the demos and specs said that the new architecture can reduce graphics processor to 32nm and put it onto the processor itself. Even though Intel is yet to disclose the core metrics of the architecture, reports say that it will contain four cores and concurrently process up to eight threads. In fact, the executives also mentioned the possibility of a two-core/four-thread chip.

Noting that the enhanced Turbo feature – Turbo 2.0 – will be one of the most attractive features of the “Sandy Bridge” microprocessors, Intel’s senior principal engineer Opher Kahn said during a Monday press conference that Turbo 2.0 operates a core that is significantly beyond what can be offered by the Core i5, or “Lynnfield.”

As such, Turbo 2.0 can push the core beyond thermal design power (TDP) threshold that is conventionally considered the maximum possible power beyond which the operation of a chip is deemed somewhat unsafe.

Reiterating that “Sandy Bridge” microprocessor will be overclockable to several higher notches of clock frequency than Lynnfield, Kahn said: “We've combined optimizations to get Turbo Boost to new bins of frequency.”

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