Smartphones with dual-core chips could allow for faster application performance and 1080p video playback.
Apple on Monday updated its online store to add a third base configuration to its recently revamped Mac Pro line, this one with 12 cores of processing power.
Intel settled an antitrust agreement with the Federal Trade Commission.
Reports are circulating that Intel is in talks to buy Infineon's wireless chip unit, which could be a boost to Intel's efforts to gain footing the smartphone market.
Apple on Tuesday updated its iMac line, sporting new processors up to a quad-core and more powerful graphics chips.
Intel announced a new six-core Core i7 processor, while also cutting the prices of some chips by up to 48 percent.
Intel and the FTC asked to suspend trial proceedings while they consider a settlement.
Intel's Westmere-EX chip will be able to run 20 cores inside a CPU, according to the Hot Chips conference agenda.
Over the past few years, many processor chips have moved far beyond the traditional functions of plain old central processing units and are now responsible for an array of functions including power saving, system memory and video processing.
Intel plans to release a version of its Atom processor early next year that's designed for tablet computers.