Last Gadget Standing Finalist #8: Intel's Potent New Platform

By  |  Monday, January 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm

When we announced the Last Gadget Standing finalists last week, we said that three were still under wraps because they hadn’t been announced yet. Well, one is now public, and it’s a technology rather than a gadget per se.  It’s Intel’s new-generation Core i3, i5, and i7 processors, code-named “Sandy Bridge” and featuring a CPU, graphics, and memory controller integrated on one die for better performance and battery life. The first new i7-based PCs are now shipping, and Intel says that five hundred Sandy Bridge computers, based on 29 variants of the platform, are in the works.

Last Gadget Standing judge Joanna Stern has a good explanation of all this over at Engadget.

Here’s a recap of the other seven LGS finalists that are public:

Acer’s Iconia two-screen notebook

Barnes & Noble’s Nookcolor e-reader..

Fujifilm’s Finepix Real 3D W3 camera

Google and Samsung’s Nexus S smartphone

Looxcie’s wearable camcorder

Sifteo Cubes digital blocks

…and Sonomax’s Soundcage headphones.

..and there are two more to go, which you’ll know about soon. Once we’ve disclosed ’em all, we’ll invite you to vote in an Web poll (starting on Wednesday) which will determine our People’s Choice winner. And if you happen to be in Las Vegas this week, please join us on Saturday for our live event at 10:30am in room N255 at the convention center. See some of you in person, I hope–and even more of you at the online poll.

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  1. dholyer Says:

    So Intel is trying to beat AMD to the CPU battle. Both CPU makers about the same time stated that they will make a CPU+GPU+MMU processor. Looks like Intel may get a 6 month jump on AMD. The true test will be how many pieces of Silicon work, at what speed and will the graphics and memory speeds be at least as good as the last generation of those individual single chips.

    When AMD came out with the first Gigahertz CPU then the first 64bit CPU, those blows left bruises on Intel's chin.

    This will be a very entertaining battle of the Computer Systems core war.

    The battle after that I feel will be how many CPU cores can they fit on that chip. All the other points in this battle has more to do with the software authors not the Computer systems CORE makers.

    Can you see a 15" HD tablet display with 16 CPU cores, a T1 class Internet link and a few Terabytes of virtual Cloud storage. Will this arrive before 2020? I say most likely since I just dreamed of it and if liked someone will go for creating the desired dream.