With the 2010 survey of Holiday Wishlist of almost 1,000 adults in the United States, top three of the result goes to (1) Notebook/laptop, (2) iPad, (3) Ereader in which 66% are the consumers and 34 % for the Enterprise. This means, the consumers or the home based users or ordinary product users contributed a big impact to technology market. Furthermore, based on different studies, Consumers are engaged more on Gaming, Photo editing, video editing and conversion and online-sharing of these multimedia files. This important information urged Intel, the world leader in computing innovation, to design and launched the so called Sandy Bridge last April 12, 2011 at Marriott Hotel here in Cebu City.
Sandy Bridge or the 2nd Generation Intel® Core Processor Family, includes Intel® Core i7, i5 and i3 processors. Intel highlighted new built-in features for more visual capabilities:
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Intel® Quick Sync Video, Incredibly fast conversion of video for portable media players, online sharing and video editing and authoring
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology, visual quality and color fidelity enhancements for HD playback and immersive Web browsing
Intel® InTru 3D, stereoscopic 3D Blu-ray playback in full 1080p resolution over HDMI 1.4 and premium audio
Intel® Insider, unlock a world of premium HD movies and entertainment with your PC
Intel® HD Graphics 2000/3000, enhanced 3D performance for immersive mainstream and casual gaming
To add in the list is the new version of the company’s award-winning Intel® Wireless Display (WiDi), which now adds 1080 HD and content protection for those wishing to beam premium HD content from their laptop or notebook screen to their TV.
FaceCebu.net and bugITs author asked how can Intel give assurance to consumer that the products are free from problems most especially after the pull-out issue in the late January or early February. Jermyn Wong, Philippines market development manager, answered in a more concise and perceivable manner. He said that it’s not the microprocessor which is having a problem; it is the chipset which is said to be the heart of the computer and the hub for all data transfer. It consists of 6 ports labelled 0 to 5 respectively. 0 and 1 are for hard drive purposes while the remaining ports are used for expendables and other sata extension. The problem is that the 2 to 5 ports will break down after 3 years of usage. Predicting such issue, Intel made a pull-out in the said months and halts the production from distributors and laptop producers.
Trivia: The chip was originally named "Gesher", which means "bridge" in Hebrew. However, Intel discarded the name when it was discussed that Gesher is also the name of a former unsuccessful political party in Israel. While Sandy Bridge sounds like a place on a map, it isn't: "Despite sharing its name with a bridge in Singapore and a historic town in West Tennessee, Sandy Bridge isn’t named for an actual place," Intel said. "Instead, it’s a result of a switch, and a suggestion from upper management following a meeting with analysts
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