Rumors have it that Intel is planning on extending its Core i5 and Core i7 CPU lines. According to Digitimes, two new CPUs are on the way. The Core i5 680, 3.6GHz dual core part, 256KB of L2 cache per core and 4MB of L3 cache. The CPU is based on Intel's 32nm Clarkdale architecture and features a built-in 45nm integrated graphics processor. This chip will become Intel's fastest dual-core part and is expected to be priced (for a tray of 1,000) at $284. Then there's the Core i7 870s, which is like the i7 860 only clocked at a lower speed of 2.67GHz. This speed drop lowers the chips TDP from 95W to 82W. The price per thousand parts is expected to be $560.
These CPUs, along with those from AMD, mean that there are some interesting times ahead of us.