Following previous reports that surfaced late last week, the Santa Clara, California-based Intel is now expected to further expand its line of computer processors with the addition of several new models, refreshing the company's Atom, Celeron and Core i7 families. The world's leading vendor of CPUs is said to be planning the unveiling of a new high-end Core i7 processor, dubbed Core i7 960 and designed to provide users with a basic core speed of 3.2GHz. In addition, the chip maker will update its line of low-power Atom processors by introducing new models to be featured in upcoming netbooks and nettops.
According to a recent news-article on Digitimes, Intel is preparing to launch new 45nm Celeron E3000 series CPUs in the third quarter of this year that will replace the company's current Celeron E1000 series. Intel will also launch new Atom processors and a new Core i7 CPU, designed for the high-end segment.
Intel will initially launch two new models, part of the new Celeron series, namely the E3200 and E3300 processors. These two will be clocked at 2.4GHz and 2.5GHz and will include 1MB of L2 cache, 800MHz FSB and a 65W TDP. In addition, Intel's latest Celeron series will boast the company's VT-x technology, offering support for virtualization.
The new Core i7 960 chip will be clocked at 3.2GHz and will likely be part of the chip maker's Core i7 Extreme line of processors. It is yet to be established whether the new model will be available as a quad-core or a six-core CPU, but it is expected in the fourth quarter of this year.
As for Intel's future Atom processors, the company is expected to take the wraps off its new dual-core D510 and single-core D410 processors, which will be designed for the upcoming nettops. The D510 will be the first to market, while the single-core D410 will follow in the first quarter of 2010.