At this year's Computex expo held in Taiwan, some of the most unexpected exhibits were socket LGA1155 motherboards from almost every motherboard vendor, including from lesser known brands, among market-heavyweights such as ASUS, Gigabyte, and MSI. Socket LGA1155 is expected to be the platform on which value-thru-performance processors from Intel, based on its next-generation Sandy Bridge architecture will run. The fact that motherboard vendors managed to show almost market-ready products as early as May, shows that these products could in fact reach market before next year's CES event, which is typically held in January.
That seems to be the case, according to a recent report by PC World. In the company's Q2 conference call, Intel CEO Paul Otellini said that due to rave reviews by industry customers (which likely include OEMs, hardware vendors, and other partners), Intel is speeding up launch of new processors. "I am more excited by Sandy Bridge than I have been in any product that the company has launched in a number of years," he said, adding "Due to the very strong reception of Sandy Bridge, we have accelerated our 32-nanometer factory ramp and have raised our capex guidance to enable us to meet the anticipated demand."
On Tuesday, Intel announced record earnings, calling its Q2 2010 performance "the best ever" for the company. The new processors based on the Sandy Bridge architecture will be built on the 32 nm manufacturing process, and use the new LGA1155 package, compatible with certain Intel 6-series chipsets.