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Intel Bows Dual-Core Notebook Processor

Santa Clara, Calif. — Intel has introduced its first Core 2 Extreme mobile dual-core processor for notebooks as well as two new desktop processors.

The Intel Core 2 Extreme X7800 mobile dual-core processor was said to have been designed to meet the growing needs of “gamers, artists and media enthusiasts” who want to use laptops and require high-performance capabilities of their machines.

“Laptops are the fastest-growing computing market segment, and there is increasing demand from those who crave the ultimate in video, gaming and design computing performance yet want the freedom and flexibility that a laptop brings,” explained Mooly Eden, VP and general manager of Intel’s mobile platforms group, in a release.

Both of the new notebook processor’s cores run at 2.6GHz. The chips are said to feature mobile-specific power-saving features intended to product an energy-efficient, high-performance experience. The company says the x7800 model offers up to 28 percent more performance than its previous-generation mobile processor. The company noted that it removed its bus ratio locks, which normally provide over-speed protection, in order to meet the needs of enthusiasts who desire more capability.

In addition to its latest notebook processor, the company is also introducing new desktop processors including the Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6850 quad-core processor. Running at speeds of 3.0 GHz with a system bus speed of 133MhZ, the QX6850 is said to be targeted for the gaming market.

Among its other new desktop processors, the company has introduced three new Core 2 Duo processors models: E6550, E6750 and E6850, which run at respective speeds of 2.33 GHz, 2.66 GHz and 3.0 GHz, and a new Core 2 Quad processor, model Q6700.

According to a release, notebooks and desktops featuring the new processors are expected to be available to end users in the next two weeks.