It appears that Intel has set the brand-name under which it will market its processors based on the upcoming Nehalem micro-architecture. According to an article on, the new desktop parts will be known as Core i7 and should be introduced by Intel on Monday although they wont be available until the official launch in the last quarter of this year.

Core i7 processors will be made using 45nm process technology and will have from 2 to 8 cores, triple-channel DDR3 memory controller with up to 1333MHz clock-speeds, and support for multi-threading technology. Three models will supposedly be available en-masse starting at the end of this year, including a 3.2GHz Extreme processor for high-end gaming desktops. The significance of the i7 moniker remains unknown at this time but hopefully well find out early next week.