Just as we predicted in April, Intel has announced that its new Sandy Bridge processors will begin shipping "in high volume" early next year. The long-awaited processor line, now renamed the Second-Generation Intel Core processor, was finally announced at the 2010 Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.
According to Intel, the 2011 CPU has an improved graphics system, as well as improved energy efficiency for notebooks and better overall performance. The processor line is made with Intel's new 32nm microarchitecture. Sandy Bridge also includes a new version of Intel's Turbo Boost Technology.
However, the bigger news is that Sandy Bridge's integrated graphics processor allow for HD video streaming and 3D video playback support.
Intel will release a range of 65-, 45-, and 35-watt versions of the processor, as well as low-power versions with a new low profile fan heat sink and a Mini-ITX desktop board for an all in one system.
Intel hasn't yet announced pricing, but looks like you'll have to wait a little longer than first thought before you can get your hands on one.