Intel will begin one of its twice-annual developers' forums in San Francisco tomorrow, and will be demonstrating upcoming chips for business computers, laptops and desktops. It is expected that the company will unveil chips for server computers that run corporate networks, with barrels of processing power but which use less energy than previous designs.

"My expectation is that Intel's new products are definitely going to narrow the gap with AMD, and in some cases may even close the gap," said Nathan Brookwood, head of semiconductor consultancy Insight64.