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Intel boosts graphics performance in new generation of Core processors

Like other companies in the IT world, Intel is taking advantage of the CES stage to launch the new generation of Core processors, code-named Sandy Bridge. The improvement of the graphic features, integrated in the processor, and a more efficient management of energy consumption are the main highlights.

In an anticipation to the press made yesterday by Intel in Portugal, Rui Silva and Tiago Terrivel highlighted these two facets of the new processors, showing the performance differences through several benchmarks with previous generations of chips.

“The new 2nd generation of Intel Core processors represents a greater advance in performance and computing capabilities than any previous generation,” said Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager, Intel’s PC Client Group, in a statement released today. “The integrated visual features enabled by these new processors are impressive. Combined with improved adaptive performance they will revolutionize the PC experience in a way that will be obvious to any user to see and appreciate – noticeably smarter performance.”

The integration of graphics processing in the processor ensures higher quality in the reproduction of images and videos, guaranteeing Intel that the gain in the speed of content production is 42% and that the games are 50% faster than when executed in the first generation of Intel Core. But this option could cause Intel more discomfort with regulatory authorities.

In all, the second generation of Core processors will include 20 new Core i7, i5 and i3 chips, new Centrino Wi-Fi and Wimax chipsets and adapters, which are expected to be available in the coming weeks on more than 500 computers of various brands. Quad core based systems will be available on January 9th and dual core systems will be available at the end of February.

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In addition to the processors, Intel also announced new features related to the video and content sharing area between several computers, such as Quick Sync Video, Intel HD graphics, Intel Wireless Display 2.0 and Intel Insider. This had already been mentioned yesterday by TeK and involves collaboration with several video distribution companies for accessing films in “true high definition” on the PC, with commercial content distribution expected to start during the first quarter of 2011.

Intel Insider is supported in the new version of Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) technology, which adds HD 1080p format and content protection for those who want to stream HD content from the laptop to the TV.

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The second generation of Core processors also includes support for technology3, with Intel InTru 3-D that allows stereoscopic images to be transmitted to HDTVs or monitors equipped for 3D through HDMI 1.4 connections.

In terms of performance, the new processors also incorporate improvements in Turbo Boost 2.0 technology, which now allows to automatically reallocate core resources and processor graphics to accelerate performance, which ensures immediate improvement when and where it is needed.