Late in 2007 Intel introduced and delivered its first 45nm Penryn processors, although only at the high end with the QX9650 and later the QX9770. But yesterday the chip giant kicked off this year's CES with 16 new 45nm Penryn processors including five models targeted at mobile spaces, seven at low to high-end desktops, and four targeted at servers.

Included in the announcement are Intel's first 45nm chips for its Centrino platform, which are reportedly up to 25 percent smaller than previous models and should begin to appear in new laptops next week with clock speeds ranging from 2.6GHz to 2.1GHz, plus a 2.8GHz Core 2 Extreme version. Rumors suggest that Apple may announce new portables based on the new chips during its Macworld conference later this month.

Moving on to the desktop front, three Core 2 Quad chips will be available at 2.5GHz, 2.66GHz, and 2.83GHz along with four dual-core 45nm-based processors for mainstream desktop PCs clocked at 2.66GHz, 3GHz, and 3.16GHz. These should be available by the end of January and throughout Q1. You can read the full press release here.