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TG Daily Interviews Intel’s Top Mobility Products Executive: New Core 2 Duo Threatens AMD's Long Reign

Los Angeles, CA, July 28, 2006 --( With today’s dual launch of two new chips sharing a common micro-architecture called “Core,” Intel introduces the Core 2 Duo E6000 series Conroe desktop chip and the Core 2 Duo T5000/T7000 series Merom mobile chip. Intel is now well-positioned to go head-to-head with AMD and is hoping to regain the trust of consumers left underwhelmed by the company’s previous architectures. And don't expect four-core processors in the mainstream anytime soon.

TG Daily spoke with David Perlmutter, senior vice president and general manager of the company’s Mobility Group, about Intel’s most important product launch in a decade. With Core, the company debuts the first processor technology with a mobile processor at its core. It’s a move, Perlmutter says, that will enable Intel to develop multiple products in parallel based on a common, scalable architecture.

“We see better scaling performance over time using the mobile core,” explains Perlmutter. “What we did with Core 2 Duo is optimize the core to a wider spread of applications compared to the Pentium M architecture, which was very much a mobile focus. We learned from that mobile lesson and optimized from the beginning, going from mobile to desktop to server.”

He feels confident that the smarter development of Core 2 will deliver the power performance the market expects and a competitive advantage over AMD processors.

And while the anticipation for four-core processors is already building, Perlmutter predicts that it will be several years before they attract a mainstream market. “We have to be very careful with overloading the market and see what is useful,” he says. “So will we see eight cores in the client in the next two years? If someone chooses to do that, engineering-wise that is possible, but I would doubt this is something the market needs.”

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