"The 3rd generation Intel Core processors were created from the ground up to generate exciting new experiences," said Kirk Skaugen, Intel vice president and general manager of the PC client group.
"Our engineers have exceeded our expectations by doubling the performance of media and graphics versus the best processors we've built until today, which means incredible new visual experiences are here for new all-in-one PCs and upcoming ultrabook devices. What makes all this possible is the combination of Intel's leading manufacturing and processor architecture, and our unwavering commitment to drive computing innovations forward."
The new chips are the first to be manufactured at 22nm using Intel's 3-D tri-gate transistor technology. This allows for smaller transistors and greater power efficiency.
The initial announcement covered one Core i7 Extreme Edition processor for mobile use, eight Core i7s for mobile and desktop use, and five Core i5s for desktop use. They can be used with the ten new chipsets announced earlier this month, and with five new Centrino wireless chips.
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Other improvements in the third-generation Core processors include a true random number generator to make encryption more secure, hardware detection of certain privilege escalation attacks, improved graphics (up to twice the 3D performance of the previous generation), and faster video conversion thanks to Quick Sync Video 2.0 technology.
The new processors will be available at retail this month, along with systems based on them.