Intel sets date for Core 2 Duo launch

by admin July 12, 2006 at 4:10 pm

Next-generation PC chip will be unveiled later this month, marking the end of Intel?¢‚Ǩ‚Ñ¢s Pentium era

Intel has set the date for the introduction of its next-generation PC chip as it moves forward through one crazy summer.

The Core 2 Duo will be unveiled at an event scheduled for 27 July at Intel’s headquarters in Santa Clara, California, a company spokesman confirmed on Tuesday. Intel chief executive Paul Otellini and other executives will be on hand to unveil the chip that marks the end of Intel’s Pentium era.

After a six-year run, Intel’s Netburst class of processors is on its way out, in favour of the new Core chips. The latest chip, the dual-core Pentium D, was fine for many people’s needs. But gamers and high-end PC users preferred the performance of AMDs’ Athlon 64 X2 chips, and low-end buyers developed a growing interest in AMD’s inexpensive chips at the other end of the performance scale. The combination allowed AMD to take the lead among retail PC buyers at points during the last year, although Intel recently regained that mantle.

Full article: ZDNet UK