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Intel Corp. plans to update its family of desktop central processing units next quarter. The update will further strengthen already strong lineup from the company and in case of performance-mainstream range will be the final update this year. Going forward the company will only add energy-efficient chips into the line, but will not bring speedier products.

In the second quarter of 2010 the world’s largest maker of chips will introduce several new models, including Core i7-880, Core i5-680 and Core i3-550 central processing units, sources close to the company told X-bit labs. The models 880 and 680 will remain the fastest chips for LGA1156 platform throughout the rest of the year, whereas the model 550 will be succeeded with higher-performance offerings going forward.

Specifications Intel Core Microprocessors Due in Q2 2010

Name

Base clock- speed

Max. single-  core Turbo Boost speed

Cores/
threads

Cache

Memory controller

Memory speed

GPU speed

TDP

FMB

VT- x

VT- d

TXT

AES- NI

Platform

Gen.

Core i7-880

3.06 GHz

3.73 GHz

4/8

8MB

2-channel

1333 MHz

-

95W

09B

+

+

+

-

LGA1156

Nehalem
45nm

Core i5-680

3.60 GHz

3.86 GHz

2/4

4MB

2-channel

1333 MHz

733 MHz

73W

09A

+

+

+

+

LGA1156

Westmere
32nm

Core i3-550

3.20 GHz

-

2/4

4MB

2-channel

1333 MHz

733 MHz

73W

09A

+

+

+

+

LGA1156

Westmere
32nm

Back in the past Intel updated its produce families every quarter, however, in the recent years the demand towards increased performance shifter to other qualities of microprocessors and platforms, including energy-efficiency, remote management, protection, multimedia functionality and so on. As a result, it is hardly a surprise that makers of microprocessors are reluctant to speed up their microprocessors every quarter or even more frequently.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Intel, Clarkdale, Lynnfield, Core, 45nm, 32nm, Westmere, Nehalem

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