Intel confirms launch of new Core i3, i5 parts at CES

By on December 18, 2009, 10:44 AM
Intel has confirmed it will launch its first 32nm processors for desktops and laptops on January 7 at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. A total of 17 processors will be revealed in a variety of speeds, including new Core i3 and Core i5 parts that will join their older and more powerful Core i7 siblings.

The company released a couple of teaser images showing an Arrandale mobile and Clarkdale desktop processor. Both are based on the same Westmere design, which includes one 32nm die with two Nehalem microprocessor cores, and another 45nm die with the memory controller and integrated graphics processor -- all in the same package. The new Core i3 and Core i5 chips will be able to handle as many as four threads at once via Hyperthreading, but only the latter will have Turbo Boost to dynamically adjust clock speeds as required.

Intel didn't get into specific performance and pricing details. However, we already have some idea of what to expect thanks in no small part to early retail listings, roadmap leaks, even a few unofficial benchmarks.

In addition to the new processor families, the company will unveil three new chipsets as well as seven chips providing Wi-Fi and WiMAX support. Systems based on the new parts will reach stores "early" next year -- a few of them probably right after CES.

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Puiu Puiu said:

AMD really needs to work on their quad's and make something more competitive. I also hope that their new 6 core CPU will be able to compete with intel's core i7 (i'm pretty sure it won't be able to compete with the core i9's). Intel needs the competition and we need our price drops!

compdata compdata, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Maybe these will finally replace all the core2 duos still being shipping in laptops/desktops

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Great... More chipsets. I was reading a post about this on techspot a while ago and someone once said "intel make their money by ripping compays off with new chipsets" or something like that, I believe it may be coming true.

Steve Steve said:

No the chipsets are required to use the on-die GPU so there is a valid reason for releasing them.

Guest said:

Hahaha, are you serious? "nooooooo! new chipsets to support new architectures! we should just shove Core i3 parts into old 775 boards!!!!" This is why I hate tech sites, people trying to sound informed but spouting meaningless gibberish.

jgvmx said:

Forget about the chipsets, thank god intel didn't pull out another socket for these models.

Guest said:

AMD could be competitive, but unfortunately Intel prevents any real competition from occurring through shady dealings and patents.

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