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Intel is preparing to launch its Sandy Bridge processors at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. The most interesting thing about these new processors is the kill switches that are built into them.

Sandy Bridge is the code name for Intel’s processor configuration and it is the successor to Nehalem.

According to an article, David Allen, director of distribution sales, North America at Intel said that although Sandy Bridge is now shipping to Intel's distribution and equipment partners, Intel Premier partners are the only ones that can purchase it before the general release date, which is scheduled to coincide with CES.

“This is our first microprocessor where we have one billion transistors on a single CPU like this,” Allen said. “Now we've built in more thermal capabilities and performance enhancements. With Sandy Bridge, we'll still have the naming conventions for Core i3, Corei5 and Core i7.”

The new performance capabilities are improved graphics, faster processing and “improved” security and trust features designed to keep the whole computing experience more secure.

That is if your definition of secure resembles the anti-theft technology that Intel has built into Sandy Bridge. Allen told that users no longer need to worry if their laptop gets lost or stolen because with Sandy Bridge it can be shut down remotely.

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