Intel details next-gen Core processors

Posted by Aharon Etengoff

Intel has confirmed that it will officially introduce 17 new 32nm "Core" processors on January 7, 2010. The chips have already hit high volume production at two wafer fabs and are being shipped en masse to a number of PC manufacturers.

The processors - which are based on three chipsets - will allow OEMs to deploy Nehalem micro-architecture in reasonably priced desktops and laptops.

Intel Arrandale processor

"The i3, i5 and i7 will be sold at mainstream consumer price points," said Intel spokesperson Uday Marty. "All three chipsets feature revolutionary micro-architecture, while the i7 and i5 processors offer our advanced Turbo Boost and hyper-threading technology."

Marty explained that Turbo Boost significantly accelerates system performance by "increasing power" for specific processes such as media transcoding and photo stitching. 

Intel Core Turbo Boost

"Turbo Boost excels with any kind of bursty workloads. It can be used to optimize performance of standard applications like PowerPoint and has even been chosen by a major OEM to power a high-end Blu-ray theater unit."  

He added that the new line of Core processors boasted integrated HD graphics support for multiple monitors, dual HDMI and HD dual stream picture-in-picture playback.

"Intel’s Core processors ensure a stutter-free 3D environment in applications such as Google Earth and offer a professional grade audio experience with Dolby True HD, DTS and 7.1 surround sound."

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