Intel introduced next-generation of PC chips that could make laptops and desktops faster and more power efficient. New chips, including Core i3 and Core i5 processors, are already in mass production and shipping to PC makers, said Stephen Smith, in San Francisco. The company’s shipping 17 new CPUs to PC makers, and systems based on new chips could reach stores “early” next year, Smith said. Upcoming chips offer improved application and graphics performance compared to prior generation of Intel processors, which includes Core 2 Duo processors that go into current laptops and desktops. New chips integrate CPU and graphics processor in a single package, which could improve graphics performance while drawing less power. Better performance is also achieved on new chips by running more threads on each core, Marty said. For e.g., a dual-core Core i5 chip will be able to run four threads simultaneously, compared to two threads on existing Core 2 Duo dual-core desktop and laptop chips. A new technology called Turbo Boost technology will also enable faster processing and power savings.