First Run Sandy Bridge Laptops Will Sport Four Cores

Paul Lilly

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is just around the corner, and that means so is the official launch of Intel's Sandy Bridge architecture. If you've been waiting for one of these chips in mobile form, you'll be rewarded with four cores of computing muscle right off the bat, CNet reports .

"Quad-core goes live in January, dual-core goes live in February," CNet quotes an industry source involved with Sandy Bridge as saying. "OEMs are going to be going public with their quad-core laptops [at CES], but they can't go public with their dual-core laptops until mid-February."

The source went on to say that the dual-core delay is intended to give OEMS time to shift inventories of older products still in stock.

"CES frankly is a very bad time [to introduce products] for OEMs," CNet's source said. "Because they've now built up all of their systems for holiday and now you have new product coming out in January that has to replace the old stuff and it's not an easy transition for OEMs to manage."

Look for quad-core Sandy Bridge silicon to show up in both 15-inch and 17-inch laptops next month.

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