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Intel takes mobile computing to the Extreme

Intel has launched its first dual-core 'Extreme' CPU for laptop computers in the form of the Intel Core 2 Extreme mobile processor.

Intel has launched its first dual-core ‘Extreme' CPU for laptop computers in the form of the Intel Core 2 Extreme mobile processor. The company also unveiled a new set of Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad desktop CPUs, and has confirmed that it will release a four-core ‘Core 2 Quad' CPU for laptops in 2008.

Aimed at vendors looking to create super-quick laptops for use by avid gamers and demanding power users, the Core 2 Extreme arrives approximately a year after the company first introduced its ‘Core' line of dual-core server, desktop and laptop chips.

"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 Samir Al-Schamma, Intel's general manager for the GCC region. "Due to our innovative technology and design capabilities," he continued, "we can offer world-class, power-smart performance for the most demanding mobile users, and are proud to offer it under our Intel Core 2 Extreme brand -- a name that has become synonymous with ultimate performance."

Known in full as the Intel Core 2 Extreme X7800 mobile dual-core processor, the new mobile CPU includes two cores, both of which run at clock speeds of 2.6GHz. It also features mobile-specific power-saving features that Intel claims help it offer 28% better performance than the firm's previous-generation mobile chip.

Experienced enthusiasts meanwhile should like the fact that the Extreme's bus ratio locks (its overspeed protection) have been removed, meaning that with some tweaking even more performance can be unleashed.

On the desktop PC front, Intel has unveiled a set of new Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors, led by its new flagship Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 quad-core CPU.

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