Intel Tips Core 2 Duo Launch Plans, Phases Out IDE

By Mark Hachman  |  Posted 2006-06-06
Intel is expected to disclose June 6 its launch plans surrounding its next-generation Core 2 microprocessors, as well as a new low-voltage Core Duo chip that will be featured in thin-and-light notebooks from Dell and Hewlett-Packard.

Of longer-term importance, however, will be the introduction of the Intel P965, or "Broadwater," chip set, which marks the end of older parallel ATA disk drives and IDE storage within the PC.

The introductions are scheduled to be made in a speech delivered by Anand Chandrasekher, Intel's senior vice president and general manager of its marketing group, at the Computex show in Taipei.

While Intel's Core chips, including its Core Duo, continue to outsell Advanced Micro Devices' own Athlon64 and Athlon64 X2 components, AMD's Athlon line has traditionally outperformed Intel's chips. However, early benchmarks of Intel's Core 2, or "Conroe," processor have impressed reviewers, and may widen Intel's lead in the marketplace.

Intel plans to begin shipping server, desktop and laptop processors based on the company's new Core microarchitecture in June, July and August, respectively, Chandrasekher is expected to announce.

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