Next-Generation Intel Chips Focus on Media Processing
In the era of the app, it's all about content, and Intel knows this. That's why the second generation of the Core i3, i5 and i7 processors will have a specific media processing focus, Intel says.
Intel unveiled the next generation of Core processors today, a total of 29 new chips and adapters, saying that users can expect to see up to twice the performance in graphics processing compared to the original Core processors.
The boost in performance is due to Intel's new design that puts the graphics processor and the system processor on the same chip, allowing them to share the same cache memory. This improves graphics processing for everything from gaming to YouTube videos. It's not a new concept – other processors have done the same thing – but it is a first for the Core line.
Intel is also including some new features on the Core processors. Intel Quick Sync Video will make video transcoding much faster (17 times faster than other integrated graphics processors). Intel InTru 3D will make 3-D playback possible over an HDMI connection to a TV. And WiDi 2.0 will allow the Core processors to stream full HD (1080p) video.
This is all good news for media fanatics (who isn't at this point), but it still isn't as powerful as having a discrete graphics processor. Gamers especially will still want to have a separate graphics card to handle newer games.
There are no official release announcements for computers running the new Core processors, but manufacturers are expected to announce many of them at the Consumer Electronics Show this week.