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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 tjr508 on 5/8/2006 4:10:33 PM , Rating: 1
Nobody is complaining about conroe and merom getting the exact same name?

RE: Confusing?
By zsdersw on 5/8/2006 9:35:10 PM , Rating: 2
I'm not. I'm just glad it's slightly different than the current "Core" chips.

And it makes sense, I suppose. Conroe and Merom are quite a bit different from Yonah (what's currently called "Core Duo" and "Core Solo". Conversely, Conroe and Merom are hardly different at all.. so naming them the same makes some sense as well.

RE: Confusing?
By zsdersw on 5/8/2006 9:39:18 PM , Rating: 2
I also like how the logos are different from current Core logos.

RE: Confusing?
By hstewarth on 5/8/2006 11:07:05 PM , Rating: 2
Why complain? I guess you could call the Meron "Core Duo 2 Mobile" but than any body with right mind would know its mobile because its in a notebook.

If they are actually the same, this could be really good news for notebook industry - that mans the bus will the same - or that will be only thing different.

Anyway the desktop and mobile computers are blending so much lately, maybe one day its going to be one processor. Maybe the power requirements are so low - there no need to keep seperate processor. So low in fact the Woodcrest is lower than current Intel cpus.

RE: Confusing?
By The Cheeba on 5/9/2006 12:12:55 AM , Rating: 2
I tend to agree with you, but what about the Pentium 4 processors that intel used to put in laptops? I think that people will THINk they are getting a desktop chip.

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