Apple on Tuesday released an update to its MacBook Pro portable computers, sporting Core i5 and i7 processors and new graphics chips from Nvidia.
Intel will ship systems with the experimental 48-core chip in a few months.
Not even a day old, and iFixit has already subjected an iPad to the indignity of being disassembled into its component pieces.
Intel remained the world's largest chip maker by revenue for the 18th straight year in 2009, despite an overall decline in the global chip market, Gartner said.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini's pay package jumped by 17 percent to $14.12 million in the 2009 fiscal year, thanks to performance-linked awards. Intel also removed pay freezes to employees in the wake of better performance.
Intel is investigating the sale of a fake Core i7 processor in the U.S.
Intel will announce the eight-core Nehalem-EX chips this month, an Intel official said.
A 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck Taiwan early Thursday may affect the tech industry by sending prices of LCD panels and, certain chips higher.
The global chip industry will rebound sharply from the global recession and post 20 percent year-on-year growth in 2010, says Gartner.
Intel executives are monitoring social networks like Facebook and Twitter to gauge consumer reaction to commercials that it ran during Sunday's Super Bowl.