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Intel re-brands its processors

Intel has announced its new processor brand, named Core 2 Duo, which will apply to all its next-generation desktop PC and laptop CPUs.

Intel has announced its new processor brand, named Core 2 Duo, which will apply to all its next-generation desktop PC and laptop CPUs.

The Core Duo brand was first introduced earlier this year when the firm launched its dual-core notebook-only CPUs, previously code-named ‘Yonah’.

Core 2 Duo refers to a chip containing two processors, which leads to better performance (when dealing with multi-threaded apps) together with reduced power consumption.

Intel claims this approach also makes it easier for software engineers to develop programs that run well on both desktop and mobile PCs.

Core 2 Duo is intended to phase out the firm’s Pentium brand of desktop processors. Core 2 Duo branded CPUs - code-named Conroe for desktops, and Merom for laptops - are expected to begin shipping in the next few months. Intel claims that Conroe will deliver 40% better performance and consume 40% less power than Merom. However, the firm has not specified what specific CPUs it used for the comparison.

A spokesperson for Intel quoted on techweb.com claimed that each Core 2 Duo processor would have a model number indicating its expected power consumption and performance. Conroe processors will be named 4000 or 6000, whereas the Merom processors will be named 5000 or 7000.

Intel has also revealed that plans are also in the pipeline to introduce a high-performance processor for gamers called, ‘Core 2 Extreme’.

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