We were hoping that any kind of disclosures regarding Intel’s 32nm ‘Sandy Bridge’ architecture could wait until a year from now so that its upcoming 32nm Westmere predecessor would be enjoyed a bit longer. However, this is not the case as CanardPC has outspokenly revealed a die shot of the future architecture as well as its operating speeds.
The first and newest A0 silicon was taped out in week 23 of this year, between June 1st and June 7th last month. The die pictured above will be implemented as Intel’s mainstream 32nm quad-core models of Sandy Bridge. These chips will feature 256KB L2 caches with clock speeds ranging from 2.8GHz to 3.4GHz, complete with Turbo Boost for additional performance as found in the current Nehalem architecture.