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Intel's Next Trick May Be Octa-Core Processors

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) - As the first computers to take advantage of Intel's (INTC - Get Report) latest and arguably greatest processors are reaching the market, speculation is rife about what might come next.

According to VR-Zone the next generation of Intel Haswell chips will have eight cores of processing power.

The new "Haswell-E" chips will up the ante from the current line Ivy Bridge-E, quad-core processors. The new line will give manufacturers and end users the choice of either 6 or 8-core desktop CPUs with as much as 20 MB of L3 cache. Current Haswell chip are used in computers which run Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) Windows and Apple (AAPL - Get Report) OS X operating systems.

Even considering no actual specifications, or prices, have been made public experts believe the new processors will be capable of delivering as much as a 33%-50% speed jump over the previous generation of chips. Add to that the prospect of a new Intel's motherboard chipset (codename "Wellsburg") and overall computing performance should set new records.

Competitor, AMD (AMD - Get Report) has, so far, not been able to keep up with performance specs from Intel's top-of-the-line microprocessors. AMD's new powerhouse chip is called "Steamroller".

According to the rumors, the Haswell-E is scheduled to begin shipping next year. Products with the new processors should reach the marketplace in the second half of 2014 - in plenty of time for the holiday shopping season.

In early trading Monday, Intel was gaining 1.2% to $25.20.

--Written by Gary Krakow in New York.

>To submit a news tip, send an email to: tips@thestreet.com.

Gary Krakow is TheStreet's senior technology correspondent.

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