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Intel to Unleash 32-nm Arrandale Processors on January 7th

Intel held a brief press conference today previewing some of the chips that they will be release at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January. Intel will release the first 32-nm chips across the Core i3, i5 and i7 brands.

The Arrandale and Grantdale processors are all shipping now and will begin appearing in new computers in early 2010. Intel has invested more than $7 billion in the United States in 2009 on four factories used to build the 32-nm products.

The mobile version of these chips have been commonly referred to as Arrandale and have been expected to be used in future MacBook Pro updates. Previous leaks have indicated that the new processors will run as high as 2.66GHz, though Intel did not officially confirm any of those details today.

Intel did demo the chips in several systems showing off the graphics capabilities of the chip as well as boasting about the new Hyper Threading and Turbo Boost features. While there had been some unconfirmed rumors about Apple skipping this set of processors, most continue to expect that Apple will adopt these processors in the next MacBook Pro.

CES kicks off on January 7th, and for the first time in many years, CES will not be competing for headlines with Macworld Expo. Macworld has been moved to February 9th-13th this year and is struggling to find its place after Apple's decision to stop attending the event.