Intel Unveils New E-series Core 2 Duo Processors; New Product Line Delivers Record
Breaking Performance While Consuming Less Power
Intel Corporation today unveiled 10 Intel(R) Core 2 Duo and Intel(R)
Core 2 Extreme processors for consumer and business desktop and laptop PCs
and workstations, reshaping how computers perform, look and consume power -- and
most importantly -- transform how people use them.
"The Core 2 Duo processors are simply the best processors in the world,"
said Paul Otellini, president and CEO of Intel. "Not since Intel introduced the
Pentium(R) processor has the industry seen the heart of the computer reinvented
like this. The Core 2 Duo desktop processor is an energy-efficient marvel,
packing 291 million transistors yet consuming 40 percent lower power, while
delivering the performance needed for the applications of today and tomorrow."
The highly anticipated processor family already has very broad support with
more than 550 customer system designs underway -- the most in Intel's history.
Ultimately, tens of thousands of businesses will sell computers or components
based on these processors.
The Intel Core 2 Duo processors are built in several of the world's most
advanced, high-volume output manufacturing facilities using Intel's leading
65-nanometer silicon process technology. The desktop PC version of the
processors also provide up to a 40 percent increase in performance and are more
than 40 percent more energy efficient versus Intel's previous best processor.
According to multiple independent review organizations, the processors win more
than nine out of 10 major server, desktop PC and gaming PC performance
The Intel Core 2 Duo processor family consists of five desktop PC processors
tailored for business, home, and enthusiast users, such as high-end gamers, and
five mobile PC processors designed to fit the needs of a mobile lifestyle. Intel
Core 2 Duo processor-based workstations will also deliver industry leading
performance for such areas as design, content creation and technical computing.
The processor family is based on the revolutionary Intel(R) Core
microarchitecture, designed to provide powerful yet energy-efficient
performance. With the power of dual cores, or computing engines, the processors
can manage numerous tasks faster. They also can operate more smoothly when
multiple applications are running, such as writing e-mails while downloading
music or videos and conducting a virus scan. These dual-core chips also improve
tasks, such as viewing and playing high-definition video, protecting the PC and
its assets during e-commerce transactions, and enabling improved battery life
for sleeker, lighter notebooks.
Consumers and businesses will have the option to purchase Intel Core 2 Duo
processors as part of Intel's premier market-focused platforms, which are made
up of Intel hardware and software technologies tailored to specific computing
needs, including Intel(R) vPro technology for businesses, Intel(R)
Centrino(R) Duo mobile technology for laptops, and Intel(R) Viiv technology
for the home.
Many of the products will also offer a selection of Intel-designed and
integrated technologies such as Intel(R) Virtualization Technology and Intel(R)
Active Management Technology that make the PC more secure and manageable. Also,
support for 64-bit computing now expands to notebook PCs. The new processors can
be paired with the Intel(R) 975X, 965, and Mobile Intel(R) 945 Express chipset
family. The Intel 965 Express chipset includes the latest integrated graphics
and Intel(R) Clear Video Technology. All these chipsets are Microsoft Windows
Vista(a) Premium Ready.
Intel Core 2 Duo and Intel(R) Core 2 Extreme processors include many
advanced innovations, including:
-- Intel(R) Wide Dynamic Execution -- Improves performance and efficiency as
each core can complete up to four full instructions simultaneously using an
efficient 14-stage pipeline.
-- Intel(R) Smart Memory Access -- Improves system performance by hiding
memory latency, thus optimizing the use of available computer data bandwidth to
provide data to the processor when and where it is needed.
-- Intel(R) Advanced Smart Cache -- Includes a shared L2 cache or memory
reservoir to reduce power by minimizing memory "traffic" yet increases
performance by allowing one core to utilize the entire cache when the other core
is idle. Only Intel provides this capability in all segments.
-- Intel(R) Advanced Digital Media Boost -- Effectively doubles the execution
speed for instructions used widely in multimedia and graphics applications.
-- Intel(R) 64 Technology -- This enhancement to Intel's 32-bit architecture
supports 64-bit computing, including enabling the processor to access larger
amounts of memory.
Mobile PC Processor Unique Features
Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors include many advanced innovations,
-- Intel(R) Dynamic Power Coordination -- Coordinates Enhanced Intel
SpeedStep(R) Technology and idle power-management state (C-states) transitions
independently per core to help save power.
-- Intel(R) Dynamic Bus Parking -- Enables platform power savings and
improved battery life by allowing the chipset to power down with the processor
in low-frequency mode.
-- Enhanced Intel(R) Deeper Sleep with Dynamic Cache Sizing -- Saves power by
flushing cache data to system memory during periods of inactivity to lower CPU
Pricing and Availability
Intel has been shipping production-ready Intel Core 2 Duo processors for all
segments in advance of today's unveiling. Initial Intel Core 2 Extreme
processor-based systems are now available from system manufacturers, resellers
and integrators, including Intel Channel Partner Program members. Intel Core 2
Duo desktop processor-based systems will be available beginning in early August.
Intel Core 2 Duo processor-based notebooks will be available at the end of
Frequency Speed Cache
------------------------------------- ---------- ------- -------
Intel Core 2 Extreme processor X6800 2.93
GHz 1066 4MB $999
2 Duo processor E6700 2.66
GHz 1066 4MB $530
2 Duo processor E6600 2.40
GHz 1066 4MB $316
2 Duo processor E6400 2.13
GHz 1066 2MB $224
2 Duo processor E6300 1.86
GHz 1066 2MB $183
Frequency Speed Cache Voltage
--------- ------ ------ --------------
Intel Core 2 Duo
2.33 GHz 667 4MB 1.0375 - 1.3
Intel Core 2 Duo
2.16 GHz 667 4MB 1.0375 - 1.3
Intel Core 2 Duo
2.00 GHz 667 4MB 1.0375 - 1.3
Intel Core 2 Duo
1.83 GHz 667 2MB 1.0375 - 1.3
Intel Core 2 Duo
1.66 GHz 667 2MB 1.0375 - 1.3 V
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