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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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By almrow on 5/7/2006 4:06:21 PM , Rating: 1
well, if conroe is better than the fx-62 and fx-64, this will be a strike for amd, i mean it will be very hard for amd to compete against intel and be better, amd must think about it and fast!

RE: performance
By Spoonbender on 5/7/2006 4:33:50 PM , Rating: 1
Well, I don't think it's quite that bad for them. AMD has the capacity to push performance a bit if neccesary. Most of their chips can already be overclocked quite a bit. Sure, not all their chips would be able to run at higher speeds, but they'd be able to market faster chips if they had to.
if they can punch their high end chips up another 10% or so, and the AM2 platform gives them another 5%, they're pretty close to matching Conroe. Of course, they might not be able to beat the competition, but they could at least avoid looking as bad as Intel has done for the last 3 years, instead just lagging slightly behind for a while.

RE: performance
By Martin Blank on 5/7/2006 5:19:30 PM , Rating: 3
Unlikely. AMD is still quietly working on their next generation architecture, and is probably going to let Intel have the lead for a little bit. If AMD were to stretch the performance of their CPUs by pushing the clock limits, they might be seen as desperate, which they're not. Their preference is simply to finish up the Brisbane core architecture and release it in due time, somewhere in H1 2007.

What we're seeing here is something that we've not seen for about the last two years, which is a see-saw of the performance crown. There have been debates over who is better because the number have been relatively close, but it's likely that Conroe will hold the lead for a few months.

While I run AMD at home, I'm pleased to see Merom so close -- it means a new notebook at work for me when budgets are approved. :)

RE: performance
By TomZ on 5/7/06, Rating: 0
RE: performance
By Martin Blank on 5/8/2006 11:00:26 AM , Rating: 2
They may well have been able to launch some version of the FX line, though it would have been expensive and rare, that would have held the performance crown, but doing so just signals desperation that isn't there.

RE: performance
By coldpower27 on 5/8/2006 11:47:13 AM , Rating: 2
I don't know considering 5% is actually generous for Windsor performance over Toledo.

If Intel launches a conservative by the way 3.00GHZ Conroe for Extreme Edition that would still require Windsor to be at 3.6GHZ... which is not in the realm of doable at all, since most of the Denmark Core Opterons don't get there and those go through extensive testing.

No it is most unlikely AMD can do anything about the performance crown they just aren't in the running till they get to Brisbane.

This is for desktops though so no mention of Opterons and how HyperTransport scales. :P

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