Sandy Bridge

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Sandy Bridge is the codename for the processor microarchitecture developed by Intel as the successor to Nehalem. Development began in 2005. Sandy Bridge was released at CES 2011, which was held between January 6th and 9th in Los Angeles. Sandy Bridge uses the same 32nm manufacturing process as the Westmere Xeon's as found in the MacPro, but adds new functionality (Intel's tick-tock: Shrink the die, then add new functionality, repeat.). The microarchitecture will be found in consumer (Core iN) and Server (Xeon) Intel processors.

Apple is expected to get the Sandy Bridge CPUs for Macintosh computers in a short period of time after the release (link)