Intel introduced its all new 2010 Intel Core family of processors today, delivering integration and smart performance, including Intel Turbo Boost Technology for laptops, desktops and embedded devices.
The introduction of new Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 chips coincides with the arrival of Intel's new 32 nanometer (nm) manufacturing process - which for the first time in the company's history - will be used to immediately produce and deliver processors and features at a variety of price points, and integrate high-definition graphics inside the processor.
Intel is unveiling several platform products, including more than 25 processors, wireless adapters and chipsets, including new Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 processors, Intel 5 Series Chipsets, and Intel Centrino Wi-Fi and WiMAX adapters that include new Intel My WiFi features (see charts below). More than 400 laptop and desktop PC platform designs are expected from computer makers based on these products, with another 200 expected for embedded devices.
"For the first time, there's a new family of Intel processors with the industry's most advanced technology available immediately at virtually every PC price point," said Sean Maloney, executive vice president and general manager of the Intel Architecture Group. "These smart processors adapt to an individual's needs, automatically providing a 'boost' of performance for everyday applications. They become energy efficient to the point of shutting down processing cores or reducing power consumption to provide performance when people need it, and energy efficient when they don't."
Based on Intel's "Nehalem" microarchitecture, these new desktop, mobile and embedded processors deliver smart performance for music, gaming, videos, movies, photos, social networking and other demanding mainstream applications. In addition, ultra-thin laptops with all new 2010 Intel Core processors inside provide a balance of performance and long battery life for sleek systems less than an inch thick.
New Intel Core i7 and Core i5 processors also feature exclusive Intel Turbo Boost Technology for adaptive performance, and thus smarter computing. Intel Turbo Boost Technology automatically accelerates performance, adjusting to the workload to give users an immediate performance boost when needed. Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, available in Intel Core i7, Core i5 and Core i3 processors, enables smart multi-tasking by allowing each processing core to run multiple "threads," providing performance, balanced with energy efficiency when processing several tasks simultaneously.
Supporting the all new 2010 Intel Core processors, the Intel 5 Series Chipset is the company's first single-chip chipset solution. The Intel Core family also has power-saving techniques like one Intel calls "hurry up and get idle" or "HUGI," which enable processors to finish tasks quickly, while preserving battery life.
The all new 2010 Intel Core processor family is the first to integrate graphics into mainstream PC processors. With Intel HD Graphics, the processors deliver smooth high-definition (HD) video playback. It's also the industry's first integrated solution to deliver multi-channel Dolby TrueHD and DTS Premium Suite home theater audio. In addition, Intel HD Graphics support mainstream and casual 3-D gaming without the need for an add-in video card, and offer full support for the new Microsoft Windows 7 operating system.
Another feature available to mainstream notebook buyers includes Intel Switchable Graphics, which allows users who play very graphics-intense games to automatically switch between Intel's integrated graphics to a discrete version on the fly, without having to re-boot, for optimal battery life and performance.
The new 2010 Intel Core embedded processors target devices that leverage PC-like operations, including ticket kiosks and self check-out machines.
Intel also expanded the performance-per-watt platform choices for embedded by adding error correcting code memory for applications that require a higher data integrity standard. The embedded processors, together with Intel 5 Series chipsets, offer an extended, seven-year life cycle that better matches how long these devices are in the marketplace.
Wireless Products, WiMAX and More
The Intel Centrino brand now represents Intel's wireless products. Three new Intel Centrino Wireless adapters feature 802.11n multi-stream capabilities and dual-band support for WiFi while consuming minimal power.
Intel offers a complete line of high-quality adapters and its integrated WiMAX/WiFi adapter supports 2.3, 2.5 and 3.5GHz WiMAX bands delivering up to 20Mbps on the go.
All the adapters support Intel My WiFi Technology, which allows users to turn their laptop into a virtual hotspot and directly connect wireless devices to their laptop. Remote WiFi client management with Intel Embedded IT and Intel Active Management Technology 6.0 also helps enable remote client management for the enterprise.
In addition, entry-level workstations now available based on Intel Core i5 with Intel HD graphics or an Intel Xeon 3400 series processors and the Intel 3450 Chipset give users access to a workstation platform built around the efficiency, power and reliability demanded of a professional workstation. Intel will also offer the new 2010 Intel Core processor family on Intel vPro Technology later in the quarter to help IT managers and corporations take advantage of hardware-assisted security and manageability capabilities.
Intel CEO: 'Computing No Longer Confined to the PC - It's Everywhere'
Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini also talked about how "personal computing" is expanding beyond the PC to nearly every kind of electronic device. He also unveiled several technologies and design wins that spanned Intel's PC and other growth businesses, including netbooks, smartphones, CE devices and "connected" embedded technology.
"Computing is no longer confined to your computer - it's everywhere," Otellini said during his CES keynote speech. "Advances in connectivity, intuitive user interfaces, immersive content and computer chip performance have allowed computing to move into new areas. Computing moving into all manner of devices and experiences all around us improves our personal productivity and enjoyment."
Otellini described how Intel and the industry are delivering the vision he painted in his keynote 2 years ago at CES. Computing is being integrated into every relevant aspect of people's lives, he said, whether they are on their computer or smartphone, watching TV, in the car or out shopping. A seamless personalized experience tailored to individuals' interests, needs and social networks will deliver the information, entertainment and experiences people want, whenever, however and wherever they want. To illustrate his point, he demonstrated exciting advances in mobile device applications, 3-D content, smarter phones and TVs, and areas traditionally not associated with computing such as home energy management and digital signage.
Otellini described how bringing the world of simple and useful "viral" applets to Intel Atom processor-based devices will further bring this vision of "personal" computing to life, creating new usage models and a unique and powerful distribution channel for software developers. Intel created the Intel Atom Developer Program in September to address this opportunity. He revealed a beta version of a software app store for netbooks that Intel launched today called the Intel AppUp Center
. The first apps, which span education, entertainment, games, health and other categories, are now available for free download or purchase by visiting www.intelappup.com. Acer, ASUS, Dell and Samsung are the first OEMs to announce support for apps stores based on the Intel AppUp Center. Otellini said Intel and its partners expect to expand the stores over time to include applications for other large categories such as PCs, handheld CE devices, smartphones, CE appliances, TVs and other devices based on future Intel processor families.
As an example of new ways to connect computing devices in the home, Otellini also unveiled a product today called the Intel Wireless Display
. Using a laptop powered by select all new 2010 Intel Core processors and enabled with this display technology, an individual can quickly stream videos, photos and other content from the PC to the HDTV over a WiFi connection. On Jan. 17 laptops by Dell, Sony and Toshiba and a TV adapter by NETGEAR - featuring Intel Wireless Display - will be available at Best Buy in the United States and Canada as part of its Blue Label 2.0 program.
Intel's CEO also touched on one of the most buzzed about topics at CES - 3-D stereoscopic content - and said that creating 3-D content requires a "ton of computing power." Powerful microprocessors will play a central role in the transition to 3-D content creation. Otellini also said there are select powerful PCs available today that are expanding 3-D content creation from Hollywood studios to living rooms. To prove his point, he demonstrated how an individual could do real-time creation and editing of a 3-D video with the horsepower of an Intel Core i7 processor-based PC.
Otellini also described how advancements in microprocessor technology will continue to transform how people enjoy 3-D movies and TV in their homes. To prove his point, he showed new ways to visually search for TV shows, Internet access to videos and other applications on a yet-to-be introduced Orange media set-top box powered by one of Intel's computer-on-a-chip products. The Intel Atom processor CE4100, which is currently available, is optimized for the next generation of set-top boxes, media players and connected TVs.
"Smartphones truly embody personal computing," Otellini said. "Wireless connectivity is critical and 3G is great, but it's not fast enough. 4G technologies like WiMAX are needed to deliver on the promise and potential of these new devices."
All the Internet connectivity for demonstrations in Otellini's keynote used the CLEAR 4G mobile Internet service that has been available in Las Vegas since July. The WiMAX Forum forecasts more than 700 million people covered by WiMAX at the end of 2010.
To prove his point, Otellini showed how multi-tasking capabilities combined with new user interfaces are creating exciting new applications for smartphones today. This included the world's first demonstration of the LG Electronics GW990 smartphone to help demonstrate the performance and software compatibility of "Moorestown," Intel's next-generation platform for handhelds and smartphones. The LG GW990 is based on the Intel Moorestown platform and represents a new generation of powerful smartphones. The Linux-based Moblin 2.1 operating system paired with the Moorestown platform provides a highly-responsive rich user interface.
The smartphone has a 4.8-inch full touchscreen display with a 2.13:1 aspect ratio, which runs at a resolution of 1024 x 480 pixels and provides a full screen to display web content without the need for scrolling. The device is expected to come to market in the second half of 2010.
He also showcased a smartphone reference design from Aava Mobile and a tablet reference design from OpenPeak. "Moorestown" is scheduled to launch during the first half of the year with devices coming to market in the second half.