Technology.am (Dec. 15, 2009) — On December 17, Intel will preview new processors for laptops, amongst other chip technologies. The preview is noteworthy because it will be Intel’s primary opportunity to show off its ready-to-ship, commercially viable next-generation 32-nanometer technology. Almost all Intel processors are presently built on a 45-nanometer process. Normally, the smaller the geometry, the faster and more power competent the processor is.
Intel’s Core i series of processors will be the focal point of the San Francisco event that will provide as a venue to preview and show products to be rolled out at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The “Nehalem” microarchitecture that powers the Core I chips was introduced in November of last year and is considered a chief step up in performance over preceding architectures. To date, Intel has shipped the high-end Core i7 for gaming machines and mid-range Core i5 processors.
Intel is anticipated to preview the first Core i3 processors–some, counting the 2.93GHz i3 530, have appeared on retail sites already–as well as updates to the Core i5 series.
One of the most expected processor technologies is “Arrandale.” This will be the first mainstream Intel laptop processor to put two processor cores and a graphics function together in one chip package, resultant in better on the whole power efficiency. And the latest built-in graphics technology is anticipated to offer significantly better graphics performance than present Intel graphics.
Arrandale will ultimately come under the Core i3, Core i5, and Core i7 brands, although initial versions are likely to appear as the Core i3 and i5.
Intel is in addition is expected to make a push to get its Turbo Boost technology into more Core i5 and i7 processors–including Arrandale i5 models. Turbo Boost speeds up and slows down individual cores to meet processing and power-efficiency requirements, respectively.
Individually, Intel is also getting prepared to roll out latest Atom chip technology for Netbooks, commonly referred to as “Pine Trail.”