Intel has teased out a little more information on its forthcoming 32nm six-core Xeon processors, the Intel Core i7-980X Processor Extreme Edition, the engine many expect will power a future model of the Mac Pro.

HardMac (via MacRumors and PCOnline.com.cn) confirms the new chips will retain the Core i7 name, but with an added X (for Extreme) to their name. These new Intel processors are expected to make their commercial debut in the second half of the first quarter 2010, according to a roadmap published by HardMac.

The last significant Mac Pro upgrade took place on March 3, 2009, when Apple introduced new models of pro desktop equipped with Intel

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