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3.2GHz "Conroe" gets confirmed by Intel

Intel representatives just contacted DailyTech with the following information:

The Core 2 Extreme processor (Conroe based) will ship at 2.93GHz at Core 2 Duo launch.   We will also have a 3.2GHz version by end of the year.   And as you know, the Quad Core enthusiast SKU, Kentsfield, is planned for Q1'07.

Several days ago, we published details of Intel's Core 2 Duo roadmap, although the roadmap did not have information about a 3.2GHz Conroe.  Intel's Extreme Edition processors typically launch at a $1,000 USD price point, and then are quickly phased out in time for the next generation.

The 2.93GHz Conroe processor will ship as the Core 2 Duo X6800 processor.  Previous Intel roadmaps have also confirmed that the launch date for Conroe, the desktop Core 2 Duo processor, is slated for July 23, 2006.

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Is it a GPU?
By Clauzii on 5/31/2006 6:35:28 PM , Rating: 2
Core Duo 2 X6800 - sounds like a graphics card to me.

Btw., how can intel trademark a common word as "Core"?

RE: Is it a GPU?
By The Cheeba on 5/31/2006 6:37:53 PM , Rating: 2
Probably because they didn't trademark "Core"

RE: Is it a GPU?
By xdrol on 5/31/2006 6:43:26 PM , Rating: 2
How could MS trademark a common word as "Windows"?

RE: Is it a GPU?
By smitty3268 on 5/31/2006 7:17:04 PM , Rating: 2
That's why the sued Lindows in a foreign court. No one really knows if their trademark would hold up in an English language courtroom.

RE: Is it a GPU?
By Bull Dog on 5/31/2006 9:49:34 PM , Rating: 2
Actually Microsoft tried many times in the US courts. They got thrown out on their ears.

RE: Is it a GPU?
By Ard on 6/1/2006 12:40:01 AM , Rating: 2
As far as the PTO is concerned, "Windows" is still a valid Microsoft trademark and is still protected. As to why MS can trademark it in the first place, it's a descriptive term of their OS and that term has acquired a secondary meaning over the past 20 years.

RE: Is it a GPU?
By psychobriggsy on 6/1/2006 6:16:21 AM , Rating: 2
WIMP as a term has been around since the 70s.

What does it stand for? Windows Icons Menus Pointer.

It has not gained a 'secondary meaning' since Windows was released. Microsoft trademarked a standard common computer GUI term.

RE: Is it a GPU?
By Ard on 6/1/2006 3:31:41 PM , Rating: 2
Yes it has. What does anyone immediately think of when they hear the word "Windows" in the PC context? Microsoft. That's a secondary meaning under trademark law. While WIMP may have been somewhat common in the GUI context in the 70s, no one outside of that small group really knew about it. Believe me, Windows is a registered trademark (you can check MS' site and you can also check the PTO). If it weren't valid, the PTO would've struck it down a long time ago for being too generic. As it stands, it's a descriptive term that has since acquired secondary meaning.

RE: Is it a GPU?
By lemonadesoda on 5/31/2006 6:51:05 PM , Rating: 2
They can't trademark Core. But they can trademark how it is shown. ie. the graphic representation of Core. If you look carefully, just like "Microsoft", there is a non-standard typeface, or edit to a standard typeface to make it "trademark".

RE: Is it a GPU?
By Clauzii on 5/31/2006 8:47:33 PM , Rating: 2
I see - thanks man :)

RE: Is it a GPU?
By Ard on 6/1/2006 12:42:47 AM , Rating: 2
"Intel Core" is not trademarked as of yet. It's pending. It's unlikely that they'll receive a TM for "Core" alone, since it's far too generic of a term in the semiconductor industry. "Intel Core", which is the term pending in the PTO, might receive protection though.

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