Intel has officially released its next-generation processors, which should improve the system performance and battery life of laptops, and make desktops run a lot faster too.
For the past year, the chip maker has talked about the chips as a giant upgrade over existing Core chips that go into laptops and desktops. The chips provide close to double the processing and graphics performance than their comparable predecessors.
The chips were announced at a press conference during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The chips are shipping and systems based on the chips should be available this month, the company said.
The new chips fall under the brands of Core i3 for low-end systems, Core i5 for midrange systems and Core i7 for the fastest systems, generally aimed at creative pros and gamers. The new processors include dual-core laptop chips under the three brands running between 1.06GHz and 2.66GHz, and desktop chips running between 2.93GHz and 3.46GHz.
At a press conference, Intel demonstrated a system with a new chip capable of playing a high-definition movie and syncing music with systems faster than prior processors.
The new chips are manufactured using the 32-nanometer process, which makes them smaller and more power-efficient than earlier chips. Based on the Westmere architecture, the transistors are a step away from chips manufactured using the 45-nanometer process.
Intel will announce quad-core chips and low-voltage processors based on the architecture later this year, said Sean Maloney, executive vice president at Intel, during a press conference.
Compared to previous chips, the new processors speed up high-end tasks like intense graphics as well as mundane tasks like syncing a music player, Maloney said. Related tasks would run close to two times faster than previous chips.