We all know Intel's next-gen Sandy Bridge processors are due out early next year. According to DigiTimes, they're coming in droves. Citing its usual sources at motherboard makers, the site claims that Sandy Bridge will account for 20% of Intel's desktop CPU shipments in the first quarter of next year.
In that same quarter, Asus and Gigabyte are expected to ship a combined 10.8 million motherboards based on new 6-series chipsets. Gigabyte is already teasing its forthcoming lineup of Sandy Bridge motherboards, some of which were on display at IDF earlier this year. Asus has also been showing off a Sandy Bridge motherboard of its own—this one with a swanky UEFI BIOS.
In related news, AMD is rumored to be preparing a Bulldozer demo for this week. AMD's new processor architecture won't make its official debut until next year, which is also when the company's Llano desktop APU is scheduled to arrive. Llano combines CPU cores based on AMD's existing Phenom II architecture with a graphics component on the same die, while Bulldozer represents a fundamentally new CPU architecture. The latest schedule spun by SemiAccurate's Charlie Demerjian pegs Llano's arrival at the end of the second quarter. Bulldozer will reportedly be available in the same timeframe, but only in small quantities. Volume production of AMD's truly next-gen CPU is expected is Q3.