DigiTimes, among other sources, is reporting that Intel is prepping it’s next-generation processors and chipsets for release sometime in the first quarter of next year. The next-gen of product is known only as the 6-series setup; for what it’s worth, current LGA1156-compatible processors fall into the 5-series line.
In addition, the chip giant is reportedly combining its marketing message for motherboard packaging (but not desktops, notebooks, etc); instead of reporting that a board is for Core i3, i5, etc, the new boxes will simply say “Intel Core CPU”. You’ll be able to see these changes go into effect before the end of the year.
With the new chipsets, we’ll finally see Intel’s 32nm Sandy Bridge CPUs, which will get users native SATA3 (6Gbps) compatibility. More importantly, though, is the issue of USB3.0 – hopefully Intel will relent and support it natively as well.