Intel Corp. on Sunday officially added dual-core versions of Core i-series Sandy Bridge processors into its price-list. The new chips will serve entry level part of the market and are currently priced starting from $117.
Intel's new dual-core offerings based on Sandy Bridge micro-architecture are made using 32nm process technology and are thus more energy-efficient compared to their predecessors. The new central processing units (CPUs) also feature integrated graphics core with DirectX 10.1 feature-set support as well as a number of internal enhancements, such as Intel AVX extensions, which greatly speed up their performance compared to Intel Core 2 Duo-series and first-generation Intel Core i-series chips with two cores.
Since Intel clearly wants users of desktop computers to transit to multi-core microprocessors, the company only included four dual-core Core i-series "Sandy Bridge" chips for desktops - priced from $117 to $195 depending on clock-speed, power consumption and other characteristics - into the lineup. The list of mobile dual-core CPUs powered by the latest incarnation of Intel's cores include eight models priced in the range between $225 and $346.
Systems powered by dual-core Intel Core i-series "Sandy Bridge" processors are likely to emerge shortly from various manufacturers, including big names and small local system builders.