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Intel preps Core2 Duo processors

Posted: 10 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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The Intel Core2 Duo processor is the new brand for Intel Corp.'s upcoming powerful and more energy-efficient processor families for desktop and laptop computers that will arrive in the third quarter, the company announced recently.

Formerly codenamed Conroe and Merom, the Intel Core2 Duo processors for desktop and notebooks PCs, respectively, are based on the newly designed Intel Core microarchitecture and will include two processing cores per chip, hence the "Duo" addition. Intel will also call its highest performing processor for enthusiast and gamers the Intel Core2 Extreme processor.

These processors will be built on Intel's advanced 65nm design and manufacturing process technology that shrinks a processor's circuitry and transistors. According to the press release, this combination will deliver higher-performing, yet more energy-efficient processors that will spur more capable, stylish, silent and smaller mobile and desktop PCs while saving on electricity usage.

"With this unified PC and notebook brand and microarchitecture, everyone will have a simple way to choose the most powerful and energy-efficient processors in the world, and developers will be able to more easily write optimized software just once for a variety of computing segments," said Eric Kim, Intel senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "We want these processors to be the heart and soul of computers that are increasingly bringing magic to our digital lifestyles."

Intel added that having a common microarchitecture for the consumer, gaming, notebook and business desktop market segments makes it easier for computer developers to create more efficient software applications and can share capabilities across all categories if necessary.

The dual-core processors will include one of the industry's largest integrated cache or memory reservoir called Intel Advanced Smart Cache. The products will also support features such as enhanced security, virtualization and manageability built right into the processors.

Starting with these new brands, said Intel, the "2" will signal the arrival of a new generation of technology to the Intel Core processor line. In order to be consistent with current Intel Core processor naming, the company will continue to use such terms as "Duo" to effectively indicate the number of processing cores per product.

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