And it has a new "platform" to play with. Averill Pro will be introduced in the third quarter with Conroe, the Q965 Express chipset but matched with "Averill Fundamental", which will use the Q963 Express and the Pentium D chip.
Intel now estimates it will be able to shift more than two thirds of its desktop processors to dual core by year end.
The firm is also pressing on with re-branding of its microprocessor estate, with both Merom notebook chips and Conroe desktop chips becoming branded as Intel Core processors. As we revealed earlier this week, Conroe desktop chips will be numbered as E6000 and E4000, the latter category being for 2MB cache, 800MHz bus Conroes and the former for 1066GHz, 4MB and all that.
The Conroe chips in combo with the 965 chipset will support Microsoft VIsta Premium, include Intel "Clear Video", support VT and AMT, Matrix Storage Tech, and use HDMI.
On the consumer desktop front, Intel will introduce a Viiv branded Conroe Extreme Edition, a premium Merom desktop slated for Q4, and will introduce Bridge Creek, a "platform family" using the different Conroes, the 965X, the P965 and the G965 Express chipsets.
As we previously reported, there will be future Viiv versions - 1.5 and 1.6 - the latter is aimed at Microsoft Windows Vista Premium.
The Merom Viiv platform will also support Microsoft Windows VIsta Premium, and use the T5000 and T7000 model number family in the last quarter of this year. µ
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