Intel to launch Core i3 in January

Westmere wafer

New low-cost Core i3 processors to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas

Intel is set to launch its new range of CPUs, dubbed Core i3, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. The company will also unveil new Core i5 parts for desktop PCs.

No technical details of the new chips have been made available, but from the name it seems safe to predict that these will be the most lightweight and affordable Core chips yet.

It’s also anticipated that they will be the first commercially available chips to use the company’s new 32nm architecture, codenamed Westmere.

Intel announced at IDF in September that 32nm chips would enter production at the end of 2009, bringing reduced cost and power consumption.

Other innovations promised for 2010 include a native six-core processor, the integration of graphics into the CPU package and new extensions designed to accelerate data encryption.

PC Pro will be reporting live from CES from 6 January.

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