Sandy Bridge Microarchitecture looks set to include Mobile CPU lineup
We have been poking our noses in places we shouldn’t have, sniffing for a successor to the Core i3/i5/i7 mobile processors. It does smell like Intel has something cooking in their research facilities.
Industry watchers who have been studying the Core i3/i5/i7 Mobile Processor lineup would already know that this range of processors are powered by Voltage Regulator Modules (VRMs) that conform to the Intel Mobile Voltage Positioning (IMVP) 6.5 standard. We already know from our Waimea Bay overview that the new Sandy Bridge microarchitecture will have a System Agent component not seen on the Nehalem microarchitecture, probably forcing the use of a new VR12 standard in the Highend Desktop (HEDT) platform.