Intel’s revolutionary ‘Sandy Bridge’ microprocessor has generated great excitement in the digital world following its release at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The new chip is also a source of pride for Israeli engineers as it was developed at Intel’s R&D facility in Haifa.

“Sandy Bridge is revolutionary – it is the biggest step change in Intel . . . it will be a cornerstone of computer revolution,” said Shmuel “Mooly” Eden, vice president and general manager of the PC Client Group at Intel. “The new Second Generation Intel Core processors represent the biggest advance in computing performance and capabilities over any other previous generation.”

Speaking to reporters in Las Vegas, Eden, who is one of the leaders of Intel’s Israeli operation, said that ‘Sandy Bridge’ is 69 percent faster than older Intel chips.

Intel chief executive officer Paul Otellini told reporters that the new processor is the first 32 nanometer-based chip in the industry. The microprocessor also features 3-D graphics and media engine capabilities. Otellini said that translates to higher performance, reduced power consumption for better battery life, and lower manufacturing costs.

“Sandy Bridge processors are faster, stronger, and better than anything Intel has launched before,” reported the trusted Digital Trends website.

In addition to ‘Sandy Bridge,’ Intel also announced more than 20 processors, wireless adapters and chipsets at the Las Vegas conference. But Otellini said the company has its highest hopes for ‘Sandy Bridge,’ noting it should generate $125 billion revenue for the PC industry.