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Intel to speed up new chip research?

Intel could be set to speed up the manufacturing process of its latest chips to counter the release of AMD's new flagship product, the Quad-Core Opteron processor - previously codenamed Barcelona.

Intel could be set to speed up the manufacturing process of its latest chips to counter the release of AMD's new flagship product, the Quad-Core Opteron processor - previously codenamed Barcelona.

That's according to a report on Bloomberg, which quotes UBS AG analyst Uche Orji. He believes that Intel may use the upcoming Intel Developer Forum to spill more details on its new Nehalem chip design, and that CEO Paul Otellini would move the schedule forward for its 45-nanometre technology.

In a recent interview, available on YouTube, Intel senior VP Pat Gelsinger stated that the company would be showing off that new technology at IDF, as well as talking about its 'tick-tock' development model - a plan that would see designs introduced one year, with upgrades the next.

The report states that Intel will spend USD 10.6 billion this year on researching and building faster chips, which is three times the AMD budget.

The Intel Developer Forum takes place from September 18 - 20 in San Francisco, and will feature keynotes from Otellini and Gelsinger, as well as a special appearance by co-founder Gordon Moore.

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