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Intel unveils Core brand

Next generation chips based on new microarchitecture to be branded as Intel Core processors.

Intel has announced that processors based on its new microarchitecture will ship under the brand name 'Core'.

The first release from the new line, currently known only by the code-name Nehalem, will be branded as the Intel Core i7 range, and will include a version branded 'Extreme Edition'.

The chip giant is dropping the existing ‘Core 2' name in favour of ‘Core' as a general name for its various processor families. To differentiate chips from each other, the Core name will be followed by an identifier model number. In the case of Nehalem processors this will be ‘i7'. Intel has stated that a number of different identifiers will be launched in the near future. A separate model number will also follow the identifier to define a chip's operating frequency and type (dual/quad etc).

The Core i7 processors are Intel's first consumer level chips to feature an integrated memory controller. These will also feature Hyperthreading technology that was first launched on Intel's Pentium 4 and Pentium 4 Xeon processors. Hyperthreading allows for a processor's resources to be split between two threads to enable multi-threading on a single core. This will effectively allow quad-core CPUs to handle eight threads simultaneously, while dual-core models will be able to handle four threads at the same time.

Sam Al-Schamma, Intel general manager for the GCC commented: "The Core name is and will be our flagship PC processor brand going forward. Expect Intel to focus even more marketing resources around that name and the Core i7 products starting now."

The first Core-branded products are due to ship in Q4 of this year.