Intel Launches 17 Desktop and Notebook CPUs
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Even though we've just gone through a major surge in PC sales thanks to Windows 7 and the approach of Christmas, Intel is moving forward with its plans to retire the Penryn generation of processors. At CES, the company's CEO Paul Otellini will deliver a keynote address where he formally introduces 17 new Nehalem generation chips for desktop and mobile. So what's so great about them? Hardware Central knows.
SAN FRANCISCO -- Intel today formally introduced its first generation of integrated CPUs with on-die GPUs, which will officially be launched at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.
These new dual-core processors are part of the company's "Westmere" generation of CPUs, which also will include quad-core processors without integrated graphics.
The CPU core is based on a 32-nanometer-process "Nehalem" design, while the on-chip graphics processor is fabricated using the older 45nm process.
However, the company emphasized that its new GPU technology, called Intel HD Graphics, still represents a significant upgrade. The new graphics cores are capable of tasks such as decoding two HD streams in hardware instead of one in hardware and one in software, which had previously consumed more CPU time under older designs.