By Prince Osuagwu
Intel Corporation,Â last week introduced its all new 2010 core family of processors. The products are said to be delivering unprecedented integration and smart performance, including Intel Turbo Boost Technology for laptops, desktops and embedded devices.
The new Intel core i7, i5 and i3 chips are the first to be manufactured on Intelâ€™sÂ new 32 nanometer manufacturing process. This technique, along with other advances, helps increase a computerâ€™s speed while decreasing energy consumption.
This process will be used immediately to produce and deliver processors and features at a variety of price points, and integrate high-definition graphics inside the processors.
Presenting the products in Lagos recently Regional Manager of Intel Sub Saharan Africa, Mr Van Schalkwyk Jacques, said thatÂ for the first time, Intel was making available at every PC price point, a new family of Intel processors with the industryâ€™s most advanced technology available
â€œThese smart processors adapt to an individualâ€™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 donâ€™t, he added
Intel said that based on its award-winningNehalem microarchitecture, these new desktop, mobile and embedded processors deliver smart performance for music, gaming, videos, movies, photos, social networking and other demanding mainstream applications.
For Jacques â€œthe New Intel Core i7 and i5 processors also feature Intel Turbo Boost Technology for adaptive performance, and thus smarter computing. Intel Turbo Boost Technology literally boosts the processorâ€™s performance when certain computer software needs it most. It automatically accelerates performance, adjusting to the workload to give users an immediate performance boost when needed.â€
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, providingÂ responsiveness andÂ performance, balanced withÂ energy efficiency when processing several tasks simultaneously.
Supporting the all new 2010 Intel Core processors, the Intel 5 Series Chipset is the companyâ€™s first single-chip chipset solution, evolving from simply connecting components to providing a range of platform innovation and capabilities. The Intel Core family also has power-saving techniques like what Intel calls hurry up and get idle or HUGI, which enables processors to finish tasks quickly, while preserving battery life.
The all new 2010 Intel core processor family, according to Intel is the first to integrate graphics into mainstream PC processors. With Intel HD Graphics, the processors deliverÂ visuals and smooth high-definition (HD) video playback. Itâ€™â€™s also the industryâ€™â€™s first integrated solution to deliver multi-channel Dolby TrueHD and DTS Premium Suite home theater audio.
â€œâ€œIn addition, Intel HD Graphics supports 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,â€ says Van Schalkwyk, Jacques.
Another intuitive feature available to mainstream notebook buyers includes Intel Switchable Graphics, which allows users who play very graphics-intense games to automatically switch between Intelâ€™â€™s integrated graphics to a discrete version on the fly, without having to re-boot, for optimal battery life and performance.
In terms of embedded processors, the new 2010 Intel core embedded processor target devices that leverage PC-like operations in the smarter connected world, including ticket kiosks and self check-out machines, ATMs, digital signs, medical equipment, communications gear and industrial machines.
For example, system owners at a bank or retail store can better manage their ATMs, kiosks or a smart register using these processor platforms. These embedded devices can optimise workloads, save on power consumption, remotely manage their connected network and even gather metrics based on video analytics for more effective advertising campaigns.
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.
â€œThe Core family of processors is the biggest invention since the Pentium,â€â€ says Jacques. â€œâ€œThe new Core i7, Core i5 and Core i3 have set the bar for the future of processors,â€â€ he concludes.
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