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"Conroe" and "Merom" get a name and a birthday

Intel has just passed us word about a new branding decision for the upcoming second generation Core processors.  Intel's first generation desktop Core processor, Conroe, will carry the moniker Core 2 Duo, suplementing the 65nm Netburst Presler micro-architecture.  Notebook processors, earlier dubbed Merom, will also carry the Core 2 Duo moniker even though the processors are very different than the desktop Core 2 Duo chips.  The highest end desktop processors, previously named Extreme Edition, will be labeled as Core 2 Extreme opposed to the mainstream Core 2 Duo.

Core 2 Extreme will actually become the first Conroe processor to launch, followed immediately by Core 2 Duo E6700 -- as outlined by Intel's most recent desktop roadmapMerom and Conroe are both based on 65nm process designs with shared L2 cache and aggressive power management.  Conroe and Merom will both be backwards compatible with recently manufactured desktop and mobile motherboards.

Intel's most recent forward outlook confirms Conroe will ship in July, 2006 followed shortly by Merom in August 2006.  This was hinted by Intel CEO Paul Otellini earlier this week during the company's quarterly report. Intel's press release about the new branding claims:

Consumers and businesses will also be able to purchase these processors as part of Intel’s market-focused platforms -- a collection of Intel hardware and software technology innovation that is designed and tested together and tailored to specific computing needs. Intel offers wireless computing, in-home entertainment or business productivity platforms through the company’s Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology, Intel Viiv technology and Intel vPro.

Intel is expected to publicly demonstrate Core 2 Duo at Computex 2006 in Taipei, Taiwan on June 6th, 2006.  AMD is expected to launch its next generation DDR2 desktop component on May 23, 2006.

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2 2?
By Sunbird on 5/7/2006 2:32:47 PM , Rating: -1
Core 2 Duo = Core 2 2?

Puhleeaaase, what a lame name.

They could have had a nice Matrix tie in by calling is Core Neo, but NOOOOOO!

RE: 2 2?
By bwmccann on 5/7/2006 2:47:49 PM , Rating: 2
So you're telling me you liked the name Intel 5 4? Since Pentiums were the 5th generation replacing the 486? So I guess they have had Intel 5 MMX, Intel 5 2, Intel 5 3 as well. :-)

Names are just that names. Lets focus more on the performance when these cpus arrive.

RE: 2 2?
By xdrol on 5/7/2006 2:51:57 PM , Rating: 2
Core -> Core 2 (second "Core" CPU) -> Core 2 Duo (Dual core "Core 2")

Name suggest there will be a Core 2 Solo..

RE: 2 2?
By dnd728 on 5/7/2006 3:05:07 PM , Rating: 2
But then next gen would be 4 quatro, won't it?

RE: 2 2?
By dnd728 on 5/7/2006 3:06:33 PM , Rating: 1
oops, wrong place...

RE: 2 2?
By xdrol on 5/7/2006 3:28:06 PM , Rating: 2
Why? 2 means 2nd generation. Duo means dual core. "Core 4 Quatro" should mean 4th generation with 4 cores.

RE: 2 2?
By mendocinosummit on 5/7/06, Rating: -1
RE: 2 2?, Woodcrest
By del on 5/7/2006 4:19:52 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, Woodcrest will still retain the Xeon name.

Core 2: Second processor line with the Core name

Duo: dual-core

I guess Kentsfield will be Core 2 Quad(ra) or Core 2 Tetra or something like that.

Not very creative, but it's not lame.

Most people don't like The Matrix series anymore because of the sequels and the video games, so I'm not sure that would sell well.

I don't really like the name "Core" for the processor, but I'm used to it by now. Besides, I don't care that much about the name, I'm excited about the performance and features; most people don't even know what a processor is, so they won't care what name is on their computers. Besides, I'm thinking of getting a Xeon anyway. =P

he he
By Sunbird on 5/7/06, Rating: -1
RE: 2 2?, Woodcrest
By hstewarth on 5/7/2006 4:39:58 PM , Rating: 2
I with you, I planning on Xeon 5160 hopefully. Its going to cost - buts it going to be fast. Supermicro Mothernboard and case.

I think with such improvements of this new generation, its going to best to got for the high end.

I am not worry about the name, what matters is what is inside. For ones desiring server class - please note - the Xeon 50xx art Woodcrest, must be Xeon 51xx. Late june and July. I just notice some 771 motherboard popping on the sites - expect Supermicro to release press release any day for motherboards - but that is for the 50xx series cpus - but motherboard should be compatible with 51xx.

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