Yesterday, Intel announced that it plans to sell its next generation of chips as part of the popular “Core” line, and the first chips will carry an “i7” identifier.
The microprocessors are based on a design the company has code-named Nehalem and are expected to be in production the last three months of this year. Intel says the new design will deliver both high performance and energy efficiency. The chip set will, in its first generation of products, sport all four cores on a single piece of silicon, being the first from Intel to do so. A black label version called the Extreme Edition will arrive alongside the standard i7, and will be geared more toward the high end market.