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.
Intel said it will bring elements from the Larrabee graphics processor inside CPUs, a day after announcing the chip's demise.
Apple very quietly updated its white polycarbonate MacBook on Tuesday, adding a faster processor, better battery life, and a new graphics chip.
Intel plans to next year release the successor to its recently released eigh-core server chip.
Apple has bought yet another chip developer -- this time, an Austin, Texas-based company that helped design the CPU inside the iPad.
The chief executive of ARM has denied that Apple plans to buy the company.
Rumors are circulating in London's financial community that Apple may bid for ARM, a Cambridge-based chip maker.
Intel on Tuesday reported strong earnings for the first quarter of fiscal 2010, with the company calling it the "best first quarter ever."