Vigile writes: Just ahead of the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show Intel has announced a staggering number of new products including new processors and chipsets for both consumer desktop and mobile platforms. The new Westmere architecture, that includes a 32nm dual-core processor on the same package as a combined 45nm memory controller, PCI Express and integrated Intel graphics chip, is known as Clarkdale on the desktop and is aimed at mainstream markets. Performance of the new Core i5-661 processor is modest though improved multimedia options like true uncompressed 7.1 channel audio and dual-stream Blu-ray make it a reasonable HTPC option. On the mobile side, the Core i5-540M Arrandale processor combines the same features but makes a much stronger case for itself with improved performance and lower power consumption (longer battery life) than previous generation Core 2 solutions.
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