For the last six years Intel has been successfully alternating its tick tock model to keeps processor performance improving. A tick is a change is the manufacturing processor while a tock is a change in the processor architecture.
Sandy Bridge is basically is tock as far as the processor architecture is changed. Intel made moderate changes in the processor core and some significant change in the integrated graphics. The Integrated graphics, which was on a separate die and used 45 nm manufacturing process, has now been merged in the same die and uses a unified 32 nm manufacturing process. In that sense Sandy Bridge is partially a tick in the process. And this is what makes Sandy Bridge a significant leap ahead.
In the next few posts we will explore the architecture, the processor, the integrated graphics, socket, chipset and other features of the Sandy Bridge processor. Make sure you read it to the end to get a feeling of this processor.
Spanish version of this text is available at – Arquitectura Sandy Bridge