CES 2010: New Intel processors: 32nm Core i3/i5/i7 HD turbo CPU chips ahoy!

At CES 2010 in Las Vegas, we see new, 32 nanometer Intel processors. The chip company's been announcing updated Core i3, i5, and i7 CPUs and associated chipsets. Some with Turbo Mode and/or integrated "HD" graphics. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers look deeper.

By Richi Jennings. January 8, 2010.


Your humble blogwatcher selected these bloggy morsels for your enjoyment. Not to mention The Known Universe...

    David Murphy's not bitter: [That's a very stout pun -Ed.]

It's official. Intel CEO Paul Otellini launched a volley of 32-nanometer cannonballs at AMD today with the ... latest dual- and quad-core Clarkdale (desktop) and dual-core Arrandale (laptop) CPUs. ... 27 different chips and seven individual chipsets ... the first time Intel has opted to stash a graphics processing unit alongside the CPU on consumer platforms.


What does that mean? Smaller motherboard form factors, lower power consumption, and better cooling. ... [These] CPUs should definitely do their part to help usher out the company's Core 2 processor family. ... Clarkdale and Arrandale chips even do a fair job of competing against the prices and performances of a few of their more multi-core, Core i7 cousins.

Timothy Prickett-Morgan spins up a post:

The Core i5 chips support Turbo Boost, allowing a core to run at a higher clock speed if the other cores in the chip are quiesced because they are not doing any work. The Core i3 variants of the Westmere chips have Turbo Boost deactivated, which is one of the reasons why they also sport lower prices.


Intel's push into the embedded markets is intriguing, and one that AMD has been taking more seriously lately, too. For some embedded applications, an Atom or VIA x64 chip is not enough. ... It remains to be seen if a 1.06GHz, 18 watt i7-620UE part has enough oomph to do any useful work, but the 2GHz i7-620LE running at 2GHz and rated at 25 watts could be interesting.

Scott M. Fulton, III is, therefore, our third link:

Integrated graphics is not just for motherboards any more. Using the high-k-plus-metal-gate lithography process ... Intel's new "Westmere" generation CPUs for Core i3, i5, and i7 will feature a graphics processor clocked as high as 900 MHz.


These introductions today are clearly for the value and midrange OEM manufacturers, and embedded server makers. They're clearly aimed squarely at AMD's home base, the value-conscious buyer; and as such, they pack as much of the full Intel platform as it has ever fit onto single dies. ... [But it's] risky. ... Last month's US Federal Trade Commission complaint against Intel specifically cited integrated graphics bundling on Intel's chipsets, as an anti-competitive practice.

Fuad Abazovic talks up Intel's Atomic CES keynote:

One of the more interesting announcements during the keynote was perhaps one that surprised consumers more than it did developers. Intel is on its way to embracing the Atom-based netbook market more fully than ever before.


Intel’s new AppUp center, located at www.intelappup.com, is currently in beta and features a variety of apps that are currently available for netbooks. Best of all, the company has promised that it will be updated on an hourly basis.

Seth Weintraub ponders what it all means for Macs:

The likely successor to the Intel Core 2 Duo in MacBook Pros is the Core i5s which Intel introduced this week at CES. ...  Intel Exec Sean Maloney was asked to confirm whether or not i5s will be heading into MacBooks. His response? "I do not pre-announce our partners' products and I certainly don't pre-announce Apple's products."

  Apple is generally thought to be readying these chips for MacBook Pros, though it isn't certain whether they will jump on the first version or wait for a more efficient i5s expected mid year.

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  Richi Jennings is an independent analyst/consultant, specializing in blogging, email, and security. A cross-functional IT geek since 1985, he is also an analyst at Ferris Research. You can follow him as @richi on Twitter, or richij on FriendFeed, pretend to be richij's friend on Facebook, or just use good old email: itblogwatch@richij.com.

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