“During a speech at Computex today, Intel senior vice president Anand Chandrasekher introduced products and technologies in its upcoming Intel Core2 Duo processors. Saying that the company’s innovation will ‘redefine how PCs are used today and attract more buyers’ around the world, the Intel exec touted the new Intel 965 Express ‘Broadwater’ chipset, which it said would enable breakthrough PC performance, greater power efficiency, quieter systems and theatre-like sound quality when combined with the company’s Core2 Duo platform. Already benchmarks have shown that the new Core 2 Duo outperforms previous generation chips by a signficant margin. As previously disclosed, he also noted that Intel will introduce the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor at speeds of 2.93GHz in July, and a faster 3.2GHz version later in the year. The company’s revamped Core 2 Duo for mobile applications, code-named Merom, is due in August,” MacNN reports.
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“Intel wouldn’t confirm a launch date, but processors will be shipping to its partners some time this month, so one can only presume that the launch isn’t too far away. Yields are said to be very good and there shouldn’t be any shortages of processors, although officially Intel doesn’t comment on yields, so we’ll just have to wait and see,” Reg Hardware reports.
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“Conroe will be 40 percent faster than Intel’s best desktop chip today, but consume 40 percent less power, [said Anand Chandrasekher, an Intel senior vice president, in a speech at the start of Computex trade show in Taipei]. The Merom notebook chip will offer 20 percent better performance and about the same battery life. Woodcrest, the server chip, will offer an 80 percent lift in performance but use 35 percent less power, according to Chandrasekher,” James Niccolai reports for IDG News Service. “The boost comes partly from the new Core architecture, but also from a move to more advanced manufacturing techniques.”
“Chandrasekher likened the significance of the Core 2 Duo chips to the introduction of Intel’s first Pentium processor a decade ago,” Niccolai reports. “Perhaps ironically, he also announced a marketing shift in which Intel will relegate its Pentium line of processors to what the company calls its “value PC” segment, or those for cheaper PCs, alongside the Celeron. The Celeron brand in turn will be used for very low-end PCs, such as those sold in emerging markets, the executive said.”
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