Originally Posted by HealthyBigMac
No, Sandy Bridge will be limited to 4 cores. Ivy Bridge (read: still 1155, just a die shrink), will have 4, 6, and 8 cores.
Conjecture. There's still the possibility of 32nm Sandy Bridge-E 6-cores being released later on in the year. All Intel has confirmed is they won't be bringing 8-cores until 22nm.
People seem to be overly obsessed with the thought that the Ticks and Tocks will feature either high-end or mainstream but not both. How long was the delay between Bloomfield and Lynnfield? Half a year? Maybe longer? We might just be seeing a similar delay with Sandy Bridge except this time, mainstream was released before high-end.
So far, roadmaps and leaks seem to indicate the following:
Tock (45nm): high-end:Bloomfield, mainstream:Lynnfield
Tick (32nm): high-end:Gulftown, mainstream: Clarkdale
Tock (32nm): high-end:Sandy Bridge-E LGA-2011 (?), mainstream: Sandy Bridge LGA-1155
Tick (22nm): high-end:Ivy Bridge-E LGA-2011 (?), mainstream: Ivy Bridge LGA-1155 (?)