But the Core processors won't support DirectX 11, which makes graphics more realistic on PCs running Microsoft's Windows 7 OS. Intel is a step behind Advanced Micro Devices, whose upcoming Fusion chips include graphics processors that support DirectX 11.
"We have tested applications -- we don't see a huge number of applications that use features in DirectX 11 today. We will have that capability built into our processor graphics before it's in the mainstream," Regis said.
In the consumer segment, DirectX 11 is more relevant to high-end gaming, where discrete graphics cards are heavily used, Regis said.
Intel will initially ship quad-core Core chips in January, followed by dual-core chips in February.
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