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  • 27 July 2006 17:19

Intel Unveils World’s Best Processor - ANZ quotes included


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ANZ quotes are as follows:

Dick Smith “Dick Smith Electronics is extremely excited about the new Intel Core 2 Duo Processor and the innovations in performance and power efficiency it delivers. We look forward to making it a feature of our product line up and cementing our reputation as the leading Australian technology retailer,” said Luke Goldsworthy, Dick Smith Electronics merchandise manager.

MYER "As MYER continues to build on the success of our iconic brand through innovation and dedication to excellence, it seems a fitting time to launch a product as revolutionary as the Intel Core 2 Duo processor. With its amazing per-watt performance, the Core 2 Duo processor will see Intel surge ahead with outstanding innovation, " said Neil Merola, MYER business manager, Electrical & IT.

Harvey Norman

“Intel has clearly raised the bar on performance and efficient power management with the Core 2 Duo Processor. With this processor featuring as a key ingredient within our consumer range, Harvey Norman can continue to deliver what our customers demand: PC’s that are smart, fast and efficient,” said Rutland Smith, Harvey Norman general manager, Computers.

ASI Solutions "Intel's Core 2 Duo processors will enable us to supply our Australian corporate, government and consumer customers with desktop and mobile PCs that can do more. They will also be sleeker, smaller and more energy efficient, and spark increased demand for our offerings across the country," said Craig Quinn, product manager, ASI Solutions.

Claritas Technology "We are excited to be offering Intel's Core 2 Duo Processors in our products. They offer significant benefits for our Media Centre PC's with the major advances in performance and efficiency. They enable us to build higher performance systems without compromising on noise and cooling," said Andy Welch, managing director, Claritas Technology.

Dell Jeff Morris, senior product manager, Dell APJ, said, "For gamers, enthusiasts, workstation professionals and business people, Intel Core 2 technologies in Dell systems will help them run their applications faster while drawing less power.

"We've been working very closely with Intel on testing and development of the Core 2 architecture and we're excited with the results. In our performance labs, we've seen desktop performance improvements of up to 60 per cent in some cases compared to previous generation technology.

"From consumers to engineers to financial analysts, the Core 2 technologies in new Dell systems will deliver excellent value to customers running applications from ranging from 3-D entertainment to 3-D engineering design -- not only because of the increased performance and productivity but also the lower per-wattage power consumption.

"Dell's direct model is a unique advantage because it means we have the ability to deliver the right technologies to customers faster to allow people to do more with their technology."

"Today we're launching new systems with Core 2 processors aimed squarely workstation professionals. The new Dell Precision 390 workstation is ideal for engineers, developers and financial analysts.

"It will shortly be joined by a new Dimension 9200 desktop, designed for the multimedia needs of consumers and small businesses, and XPS 700 gaming desktop which will support Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors for the fastest high-end gaming performance, as well as Core 2-based notebooks and mobile workstations."

Intel unveils World’s Best Processor

New Product Line Delivers Record Breaking Performance, Yet Requires Less Power to Run

SYDNEY, Australia, July 27, 2006 – Intel Corporation today unveiled 10 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo and Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme processors for consumer and business desktop and laptop PCs and workstations, reshaping how computers perform, look and consume power -- and most importantly -- transform how people use them.

“The Core 2 Duo processors are simply the best processors in the world,” said Paul Otellini, president and CEO of Intel. “Not since Intel introduced the Pentium® processor has the industry seen the heart of the computer reinvented like this. The Core 2 Duo desktop processor is an energy-efficient marvel, packing 291 million transistors yet consuming 40 per cent lower power, while delivering the performance needed for the applications of today and tomorrow.”

The highly anticipated processor family already has very broad support with more than 550 customer system designs are underway -- the most in Intel’s history. Ultimately, tens of thousands of businesses will sell computers or components based on these processors.

The Intel Core 2 Duo processors are built in several of the world’s most advanced, high-volume output manufacturing facilities using Intel’s leading 65-nanometre silicon process technology. The desktop PC version of the processors also provide up to a 40 per cent increase in performance and are more than 40 per cent more energy efficient versus Intel’s previous best processor. According to multiple independent review organisations, the processors win more than nine out of 10 major server, desktop PC and gaming PC performance benchmarks.

The Intel Core 2 Duo processor family consists of five desktop PC processors tailored for business, home, and enthusiast users, such as high-end gamers, and five mobile PC processors designed to fit the needs of a mobile lifestyle. Intel Core 2 Duo processor-based workstations will also deliver industry leading performance for such areas as design, content creation and technical computing.

The processor family is based on the revolutionary Intel® Core™ microarchitecture, designed to provide powerful yet energy-efficient performance. With the power of dual cores, or computing engines, the processors can manage numerous tasks faster. They also can operate more smoothly when multiple applications are running, such as writing e-mails while downloading music or videos and conducting a virus scan. These dual-core chips also improve tasks such as viewing and playing high-definition video, protecting the PC and its assets during e-commerce transactions, and enabling improved battery life for sleeker, lighter notebooks.

Consumers and businesses will have the option to purchase Intel Core 2 Duo processors as part of Intel’s premier market-focused platforms, a collection of Intel hardware and software technologies tailored to specific computing needs, including Intel® vPro™ technology for businesses, Intel® Centrino® Duo mobile technology for laptops, and Intel® Viiv™ technology for the home.

Many of the products will also offer a selection of Intel-designed and integrated technologies such as Intel® Virtualization Technology and Intel® Active Management Technology that make the PC more secure and manageable. Also, support for 64-bit computing now expands to notebook PCs. The new processors can be paired with the Intel® 975X, 965, and Mobile Intel® 945 Express chipset family. The Intel 965 Express chipset includes the latest integrated graphics and Intel® Clear Video Technology. All these chipsets are Microsoft Windows Vista* Premium Ready.

“As the world’s best microprocessors, Intel® Core™ 2 Duo and Core™ 2 Extreme processors represent a major business opportunity in the Australian market place, and a leap in performance for consumers, gamers, and notebook and business users,” said Philip Cronin, general manager, Intel Australia.

Cronin added, “We are now able to offer amazing performance, integrated with the innovative capabilities of our easy-to-use platforms for digital entertainment, mobility and business.”

Advanced Innovations

Intel Core 2 Duo and Intel® Core™2 Extreme processors include many advanced innovations, including:

- Intel® Wide Dynamic Execution – Improves performance and efficiency as each core can complete up to four full instructions simultaneously using an efficient 14-stage pipeline. - Intel® Smart Memory Access – Improves system performance by hiding memory latency, thus optimising the use of available computer data bandwidth to provide data to the processor when and where it is needed. - Intel® Advanced Smart Cache – Includes a shared L2 cache or memory reservoir to reduce power by minimising memory “traffic” yet increases performance by allowing one core to utilise the entire cache when the other core is idle. Only Intel provides this capability in all segments. - Intel® Advanced Digital Media Boost – Effectively doubles the execution speed for instructions used widely in multimedia and graphics applications. - Intel® 64 Technology – This enhancement to Intel’s 32-bit architecture supports 64-bit computing, including enabling the processor to access larger amounts of memory.

Mobile PC Processor Unique Features

Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors include many advanced innovations, including:

- Intel® Dynamic Power Coordination – Coordinates Enhanced Intel SpeedStep® Technology and idle power-management state (C-states) transitions independently per core to help save power. - Intel® Dynamic Bus Parking – Enables platform power savings and improved battery life by allowing the chipset to power down with the processor in low-frequency mode. - Enhanced Intel® Deeper Sleep with Dynamic Cache Sizing – Saves power by sending data to a cache memory reservoir to lower CPU voltage.

Pricing and Availability

Intel has been shipping production-ready Intel Core 2 Duo processors for all segments in advance of today’s unveiling. Initial Intel Core 2 Extreme processor-based systems are now available from system manufacturers, resellers and integrators, including Intel Channel Partner Program members. Intel Core 2 Duo desktop processor-based systems will be available beginning in early August. Intel Core 2 Duo processor-based notebooks will be available at the end of August.

Desktop Processors Frequency Bus Speed L2 Cache Price Intel Core 2 Extreme processor X6800 2.93 GHz 1066 4MB US$999 Intel Core 2 Duo processor E6700 2.66 GHz 1066 4MB US$530

Intel Core 2 Duo processor E6600 2.40 GHz 1066 4MB US$316

Intel Core 2 Duo processor E6400 2.13 GHz 1066 2MB US$224

Intel Core 2 Duo processor E6300 1.86 GHz 1066 2MB US$183

Mobile Processors Frequency Bus Speed L2 Cache Voltage

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7600 2.33 GHz 667 4MB 1.0375 – 1.3 V

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7400 2.16 GHz 667 4MB 1.0375 – 1.3 V

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7200 2.00 GHz 667 4MB 1.0375 – 1.3 V

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5600 1.83 GHz 667 2MB 1.0375 – 1.3 V

Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T5500 1.66 GHz 667 2MB 1.0375 – 1.3 V

Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Additional information about Intel is available at

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