CES: Intel announces new Core Family of processors

Scenes from Intel at CES 2010

Scenes from Intel at CES 2010

So, I wandered over to the Las Vegas convention center this morning to go to the Intel booth for their press conference.  I didn’t know what to expect.

When I found the booth, I saw Intel booth people doing exercises like jumping rope and yoga.  I couldn’t figure out why until I saw the exercise mat they were using.  It said, “Exercise Your Core.”  This is Intel’s new theme for their new line, the Intel Core.

The major highlights of the press conference:

  • Intel is coming out with the Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 line of processors.
  • This is the first time Intel is focusing on the consumer market space rather than the high end for its processor upgrades.
  • Intel’s new Core chipsets are focused on power consumption and performance.
  • Graphics have been integrated on the chip allowing consumers to play FPS games without buying a high end video card.
  • Hperthreading has been added to allow for true multitasking.
  • The new feature called Turbo has been added.  Turbo adapts to a consumers computer usage dynamically, changing the chip frequency by workload. This wil allow consumers to get the power they need, when the need it and not waste CPU cycles when they don’t.
  • The Core i5 is for notebooks and laptops.  The Core i7 is for desktops.
  • They are not getting rid of the Pentium or Celeron processor, just trying to upsell to the new Core line.
  • There is no word yet on if Apple will be using these new Core processors in their desktop and laptop product line.

And in other Intel moment Mia Hamm, the Olympic and World Cup winning soccer player, was there to help demonstrate the Turbo function of the Intel Core. She was a great team player for Intel, showing how Turbo enhanced her work on the CPro system.

At the booth, there were so many demo unit of laptops, desktops, notebooks, netbooks, phone systems, WiMax, etc..etc..all with the new Intel Core technology inside, I could have stayed there all day.

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