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Intel's 2nd-Gen Chip Arrives, with Hollywood in Tow

By CNET

January 3, 2011

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Intel is officially announcing its next-generation processor tomorrow—and Hollywood is playing a big role.

Sandy Bridge—or what Intel now calls the 2nd Generation Intel Core processor family—is a big step for the chipmaker because, for the first time in a mainstream product, the graphics chip is grafted directly onto the main processor, boosting performance.

This design essentially provides the graphics function for free, allowing PC makers to bring out laptops that don't have to always rely on separate graphics processors from Advanced Micro Devices or Nvidia. (For more on the technical details of the new chip, see this companion report.)

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