X-bit Labs heard Intel plans to rapidly transition its desktop platforms to the upcoming 32nm Sandy Bridge architecture:
As is known, Intel intends to start revenue shipments of microprocessors based on the Sandy Bridge architecture in the fourth quarter of the year. In order to prepare for the launch, which is scheduled on the first quarter of 2011, the world’s largest chipmaker will ship hundreds of thousands desktop processors powered by the new micro-architecture, which will represent around 3% of all desktop chips the company plans to ship in Q4 2010.
Already in Q1 2011, Intel plans to rather substantially increase the share of its Sandy Bridge chips among desktop processors to around 12% - 13% (~6% - Core i7, ~5% - Core i5, ~2% - Core i3). In Q2 2011 the share of Sandy-Bridge-based processors will be even greater since Intel intends to release Pentium processors powered by the new micro-architecture for entry-level markets and they usually require high volumes.