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Intel fields first Extreme mobile processor, tips new desktop chip

Posted: 18 Jul 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:mobile dual-core processor? quad-core processors? desktop processors?

Core2 Extreme

Addressing demand for even faster notebooks for hardcore gamers, artists and media enthusiasts, Intel Corp. introduces its first Intel Core2 Extreme mobile dual-core processorsaid to be the world's highest-performing mobile processor. The company also introduced new desktop processors and said it expects to announce battery-friendly quad-core processors for laptops next year.

The new products come on the heels of the company's one-year anniversary of introducing server, desktop and laptop processors based on the Intel Core microarchitecture.

"Laptops are the fastest-growing computing market segment and there is increasing demand from those who crave the ultimate in video, gaming and design computing performance yet want the freedom and flexibility that a laptop brings," said Mooly Eden, Intel vice president and general manager, mobile platforms group.

Robust processors
The Intel Core 2 Extreme X7800 mobile dual-core processor, with both cores running at 2.6GHz, also features mobile-specific power-saving features. For example, the Intel Core 2 Extreme mobile processor X7800 offers up to 28 percent more performance than Intel's previous-generation mobile processor.

Meanwhile, for experienced enthusiasts who desire more capability, the Intel Core 2 Extreme mobile processor bus ratio locks (overspeed protection) have been removed. This offers added technical flexibility in customizing the system.

For desktop PCs, Intel unveiled a set of new processors, including the flagship Intel Core2 Extreme QX6850 quad-core processor. Clocked at 3GHz with a faster 1,333MHz system bus speed, the Intel Core2 Extreme QX6850 can enable game developers aiming to deliver new features and performance levels.

The Intel Core 2 Extreme X7800 mobile processor, running at 2.6GHz with 4Mbytes of L2 cache, is available to OEMs now at $851. Notebook systems will appear on the market within the next two weeks. Meanwhile, the new Intel desktop processors are also shipping to OEMs now, with product available to end-users within the next two weeks.

The Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 and the Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 quad-cores sell at $999 and $530 each, in 1,000-unit pieces. For dual-cores, the Intel Core 2 Duo E6850, Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 and the Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 costs $266, $183 and $163, respectively, all in 1,000-piece quantities.

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