Sandy Bridge, Nehalem's successor, is the codename for a processor microarchitecture developed by Intel's Israel Development Center beginning in 2005 targeting the 32 nm process. The codename was previously "Gesher" (meaning "bridge" in Hebrew). Sandy Bridge processors were first released on January 9, 2011. Intel demoed a Sandy Bridge processor with A1 stepping at 2 GHz during the Intel Developer Forum in 2009.
Up to 17% more CPU performance clock-for-clock compared to Lynnfield processors, while its integrated graphics provides around twice the performance of Clarkdale's, also 12 EUs.
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