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2006-05-17 - Intel's new numbering system

Were you confused when Intel changed their numbering system for their cpus? Well it looks like they might have got the message. It is still not as clear as the old - old system but it makes more sense than what they are using now.  - Just my opinion.

Intel will sell its new generation of 65-nanometer desktop and laptop chips under the brand name Core 2 Duo when it launches them this summer, the company says. Intel plans to launch its desktop chip, code-named Conroe, in July and its laptop chip, code-named Merom, in August.

Both chips will be built with Intel's new 65-nanometer Core Micro-architecture design. After their launch, Intel will have a common architecture for its consumer, gaming, notebook, and business-desktop lines.

More Cores, More Efficiency

Chip vendors such as Intel and AMD have designed their latest processors with multiple cores in each chip as an energy-efficient way to process more software code without increasing clock speed, heat, and electricity demands. Just like cars, faster chips are generally less efficient.

Under Intel's new marketing plan, both the desktop and laptop chips will be called Core 2 Duo, with each chip distinguished by a following five-part alphanumeric code.

The first element will be a letter connoting the power draw of the chip: "U" for ultra low voltage (below 15 watts); "L" for low voltage (15 to 24 watts); "T" for standard mobile (25 to 55 watts); E for standard desktop (55 to 75 watts); and "X" for extreme (above 75 watts).

The next four elements will be a numeric code, with Conroe chips in the 4000 and 6000 series and Merom chips in the 5000 and 7000 series. Additional numbers will represent other features--for instance, the chips' suitability for Intel platforms such as Centrino for mobile PCs, Viiv for home entertainment, or vPro for business desktops.

Still Room for Extreme CPU

As an example of this nomenclature, a high-end desktop chip might be called the Core 2 Duo E6800.

I hope this helps.

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