The chipmaker is expected to roll out the first Core i7 processor for laptops on Wednesday. Several major PC makers are also expected to announce new laptops using the chip.
In a Tuesday teleconference, Intel says it will ship a chip that contains up to eight processing cores, and IBM shows a server using eight such chips, yielding 64 cores.
The x86 architecture has been "growing up" for many years. IT has been giving it more and more responsibility as it does. The just-launched "Nehalem-EX" products essentially graduates Intel's Xeon server line into Big Iron adulthood.
Countersuit is in response to a filing by Intel last month alleging that a chipset license agreement does not extend to Intel's future-generation processors.
Intel's high-speed communications technology is pitted against strong incumbent interfaces -- and the nascent PCI Express Cable could provide more competition.
Nvidia can be seen as being in the mobile sweet spot. It offers graphics chips for higher-end PCs and its Tegra 3 chip for high-performance tablets.
At Intel Developer Forum, processor chief Dadi Perlmutter also touts a new fiber-optic replacement for video, audio, and network leads.
Chipmaker's message this summer? Thin is getting thinner. Ultra-thin is a big move for Intel. This will be Intel's primary mobile market focus in the next few months.
Intel's Nehalem-architecture chips will now try to make their mark in servers after debuting in desktops in November.
HP's new server lineup based on Intel's Nehalem processor is a nice upgrade. But it also shows an HP less obsessed with speeds and feeds.