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Intel Corp. will continue withdrawal of the Pentium brand from the market later this year when it unveils its new generation desktop and mobile processors under the Core 2 brand-name.

For the first time in years Intel will have the same trademarks for its desktop and mobile processors, something, which should emphasize good performance per watt ratio for the new chips known under Conroe, Merom and Woodcrest code-names and also their low power consumption. The new desktop Core 2 Duo chips will consume only up to 65W, whereas modern high-performance Pentium D chips have thermals of up to 130W.

Intel Core is the name for the company’s dual-core mobile processor code-named Yonah that sports several performance enhancements over the previous-generation Pentium M chips, but does not provide certain modern features, such as 64-bit capability. Intel Core 2 processors, however, will support 64-bit technology and also employ many performance-boosting features compared to the Core or the Pentium D chips.

Intel Core 2 Duo processors for desktops – Conroe – will be offered within E4000- and E6000-series, while Intel Core 2 Duo processors for mobile computers – Merom – will exist in T5000- and T7000-series. The code-named Woodcrest processors are unlikely to use the Core 2 brand-name, but will be branded as Xeon central processing units.

Intel’s processors code-named Conroe, Merom and Woodcrest will utilize a new micro-architecture with shorter pipeline and high performance per clock ratio. The new processors will feature 14-stages pipeline, down from 31 or more stages found in current Intel Pentium (Prescott) designs, 4-issue out-of-order execution engine as well as improved performance of the floating-point unit (FPU). Also, the new chips and platforms on their base will also feature capabilities like virtualization, LaGrande technology, x86-64 in addition to EDB, EIST and AMT2.

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for 1 simple reason.
the name they picked are short, easy to pronounce in many languages and easy to remember.

A: hey huney, today I bought a kat~mai...
B: what? you bought a Cat~mail? they make mails for cats now?

A: hey huney, today I bought a Core 2 duo
B: wow! nice are they really faster than the AMD?
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Pentium and Itanium are easy to remember? They are not simple words. Celeron isn't really either.

There's more to naming than just keeping it simple. Itanium sounds powerful, Pentium to an extent too, while at the same time being mysterious. Celeron sounds like a virtually inedible vegetable that plagues stuffing at Thanksgiving. Athlon sounds a bit homosexual and fungal. Duron is ridiculously bad, and on the same level of dullness as Core. Probably worse. Sempron is a decent name, for some reason I see Marines (maybe I need help with this). I like Opteron a lot, it sounds fast, clean, and ultra-modern. "Opt" gives the impression of light, which is positive imagery. Opteron and Itanium have very good imagery with their names. Duron I think it the worst, I guess AMD did too since they dropped it. Core now occupies that spot.

Core????? It's so simple it's disgusting. I've got a Core as the core of my computer.

A guy from AMD had a great line that I liked when he mentioned the name core. He said it was a ridiculous name and would be like a car maker naming their car "Piston". I agree. It's ridiculous
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