Intel has also integrated graphics chips into the new processor package, which could make the chips capable of playing Blu-ray movies or high-definition games.
But the graphics processors have some limitations. "It doesn't go into the high end... you always get a big fat graphics chip with a heat sink on it," Maloney said.
Laptop responsiveness will also improve with the Turbo Boost mode, which can crank up the speed of cores to boost performance. The technology can also shut down cores when not needed to save power.
Intel launched three Core i3, eight Core i5, and five Core i7 for laptops and desktops. The company has close to 500 designs based on the new chips, Maloney said. The chips are available immediately, and many desktops and laptops were on show on the CES show floor at Intel's booth.
The laptop processors include five Core-i7 chips, including the 620M chip that runs at 2.66GHz and is priced at $332 for 1,000 units. The slowest chip is the low-power 620UM chip, which runs at 1.06GHz and is priced at $278. Two Core i3 chip were listed for laptops, including the i3-350M, which runs at 2.26GHz. The chip's price was not immediately available. Four Core i5 chips for laptops were also listed, including the Corei5-540M, which runs at up to 2.53GHz and is priced at $257. A Core i5-520UM low-power chip runs at 1.06GHz and is priced at $241.
The new desktop processors include two Core i5 and two Core i3 chips. The fastest Core i5 chip is the Core i5-670, which runs at 3.46GHz and is priced at the $284. The fastest Core i3 chips is the Core i3-540, which runs at 3.06GHz and is priced at $133.
Westmere is based on the underpinnings of the Nehalem architecture, which itself included new features included an integrated memory controllers. Nehalem chips were manufactured using the 45-nm process and introduced late last year.