Intel introduces second generation Core processors
By Paul Ridden
January 5, 2011
Twenty new processors, new chipsets and new wireless solutions – including new Core i7, i5 and i3 processors, Intel 6 Series Chipsets, and Intel Centrino WiFi and WiMAX adapters – were introduced by Intel at CES today. The company brings a host of new features to the combined processor and powerful high definition graphics architecture, including super fast video conversion functionality and the ability to beam content to HDTVs via a new version of Intel WiDi. Collaborations with HD movie providers will also result in user being able to watch previously unavailable content on a PC screen.
Intel's second generation Core processors incorporate a new Intel HD Graphics architecture that's reported to result in much improved graphics performance for high definition viewing and mainstream gaming applications, together with better overall power management. Core i7, i5 and i3 processors are to be treated to some enhanced Turbo Boost functionality, which automatically reallocates core and graphics resources to speed up performance.
"The built-in visual capabilities enabled by these new processors are stunning," said Intel's Mooly Eden. "This, combined with improved adaptive performance, will revolutionize the PC experience in a way that is obvious for every user to see and appreciate – visibly smarter performance."
Powerful new feature set
The company has also introduced some interesting new features, such as Intel Quick Sync Video – a hardware acceleration technology that's claimed to be capable of converting a four minute, high definition video file on a laptop to play on an iPod in a matter of seconds. Intel Insider offers a protected environment for the distribution, storage and playback of premium content from HD movie providers such as CinemaNow, Dixons Retail plc, Hungama Digital Media Entertainment, Image Entertainment, Sonic Solutions, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, and Warner Bros Digital Distribution.
PC versions of new movies will be released on the same day as DVD and Blu-ray and users will be able to download and view full HD movies on a PC screen or wirelessly transfer from a netbook to a HDTV via the new version of the company's Wireless Display technology.
Other new features include InTru 3-D which, according to Intel "enables immersive stereoscopic 3-D to 3-D-capable HDTVs or monitors via HDMI 1.4, making movie excitement almost come out of the screen." Advanced Vector Extensions increases performance for demanding visual applications and Clear Video enhances onscreen visuals during video playback.
Intel expects more than 500 manufacturers to start rolling out products containing the new processors over the next year.
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