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Single-core for the value minded

DailyTech has received Intel roadmaps that outline Intel’s value desktop products. New to Intel’s value desktop lineup will be Conroe-L based processors. Unlike Intel’s Core 2 Duo Conroe products, the new Conroe-L processors will not carry the Core nomenclature. Instead Intel is resuscitating the Pentium and Celeron brands for Conroe-L based products.

Intel Conroe-L Pentium
E1060 1.80GHz 800MHz 1MB
E1040 1.60GHz 800MHz 1MB
E1020 1.40GHz 800MHz 1MB

The Pentium Conroe-L lineup will carry the E1000 series processor number. Three Pentium E1000 models will be available initially. These models include the Pentium E1060, E1040 and E1020 clocked at 1.80, 1.60 and 1.40 GHz respectively. All Pentium E1000 series processors will have an 800 MHz front-side bus with 1MB of L2 cache. Intel Enhanced Memory 64 Technology and Execute Disable Bit are the only technologies featured on Pentium E1000 processors. Intel Virtualization, HyperThreading and Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology are not supported.

Not much is known about the Conroe-L Celeron aside from it having a 400 number sequence. Expect the Celeron 400 series to be slightly crippled when compared to the Pentium E1000 series. DailyTech speculates Conroe-L Celeron 400 series processors will have 512KB of L2 cache and operate on a 533 MHz front-side bus to not overlap with the Pentium E1000 series.

Pricing and availability of Pentium E1000 and Celeron 400 series processors is unknown at the moment.

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Why not "Core 2 Solo"?
By VooDooAddict on 9/21/2006 11:19:20 AM , Rating: 3
I'm quite confused why they didn't call it Core 2 Solo.

Intel has just launched a major campaign stating how the Core 2 is faster then any Pentium before it.

Celeron makes some sense for the bottom tier. People already associate "it works but it's is slow" with Celeron.

Since they nave been pushing the "Core 2" name, they should have...

Core 2 Quad
Core 2 Duo
Core 2 Solo
Core 2 Value (Or "Celeron" to keep the slowest chip from devaluing the "Core 2" name.

The "Pentium" name should stay dead. Somehow though I'm afraid the next Core 2 revision will be renamed the "Pentium 5"

I'm sure this will cause some people to buy a lower margin "Pentium" over a "Core 2" because they trust the Pentium name over something unknown. I can't tell you how many times uninformed people have been so confused by the Celeron name they said, "I won't buy a cheep Celeron because I don't trust that 'Celeron Company'. I's rather spend more and get a Pentium by Intel."

I feel bad for the inteligent marketing people who bang thier head out on the wall after hearing upper managment chose the above path.

RE: Why not "Core 2 Solo"?
By DallasTexas on 9/21/06, Rating: 0
"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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