Intel Preps for Core 2 Duo Launch

The chip maker will launch both its Core 2 Duo desktop and notebook chips on July 27, people familiar with its plans said.

Intel plans to keep rolling out the chips.

The Santa Clara, Calif., company will introduce both the desktop and notebook versions of its new Core 2 Duo processor at an event at its Silicon Valley headquarters on July 27, people familiar with its plans told eWEEK.

The arrival of the new chips will continue a recent effort under which Intel has been rolling out its newest processors as quickly as possible.

The chip maker said on July 19 that it had begun shipping five new dual-core chips in the prior 30 days, several of which got under way early.

Intel also pledged to introduce its first quad-core processors this year, months earlier than previously planned. It aims to use the bevy of new chips to increase its competitiveness and perhaps motivate PC demand following a string of lackluster quarterly financial performances.

Indeed, the Core 2 Duo chips unveiling completes a major refresh of Intels processor lineup for notebooks, desktops and servers.

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The new Core 2 Duo chips—Core 2 Duo "Conroe" chips are for desktops and Core 2 Duo "Merom" chips are for notebooks—are designed to offer energy efficiency, while still delivering greater performance than their predecessors.

Intel intends to use Core 2 to drive back the market-share inroads that rival Advanced Micro Devices has made of late.

Intel will tout the Core 2 Duo desktop chips 40 percent increase in performance and a 40 percent reduction in power consumption versus its Pentium D processor.

Intel will also woo PC makers by offering the Core 2 desktop chips for aggressive prices.

Of the Core 2 Duo twins, the desktop chips are expected to be available in systems first.

Intel has indicated Core 2 Duo Desktop chip will be available in systems and in the reseller channel on July 27.

Core 2 Duo notebook chips, however, are expected to begin arriving in systems by the end of August, people familiar with Intels plans said.

The bulk of those systems, expected to be upgraded versions of existing notebooks, will be aimed at consumers. Getting Core 2 Duo notebooks to retailers by the end of August ensures PC makers will have them in place for the holiday season, the people said.

The Core 2 Duo will likely come in some business notebook models this year. But it isnt expected to appear broadly in business machines until the first half of 2007, during which time Intel will add a new chip platform for notebooks, the people said.

Santa Rosa will offer Core 2 Duo notebooks a new enabling chip set—a group of chips that handles input/output and which, in this case, will include an option for a built-in graphics processor—and a new wireless module.

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