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Intel formally unveils host of chips

Five CPUs, nine cores

Intel officially announced the pricing and branding for a host of processors this week, making the details available on its website.

New on Intel's pricing list were four dual-core mobile Yonah processors – the T2300, T2400, T2500 and T2600 – and one single-core chip called the T1300. All the following pricing mentioned here is for sales of quantities of 1,000 units to direct Intel customers.

The single-core T1300 costs $209 (about £120), while the T2300, T2400, T2500 and T2600 are priced at $241, $294, $423 and $637 (£139, £170, £245 and £369) respectively. All five chips are produced using a 65-nanometer manufacturing process and include 2MB of Level 2 cache. Clock speeds range from 1.66GHz for the T1300 rising to 2.16GHz for the T2600.

Intel has two other dual-core mobile Yonah chips that operate at low voltage: the L2300, with a clock speed of 1.5GHz and a price tag of $284 (£164), and the L2400, clocking in at 1.66GHz and $316 (£183). Intel also introduced a second ultra-low voltage Pentium M chip, the 773, with a clock speed of 1.3GHz. This is priced at $273 (£158).

Intel unveiled a variety of Centrino mobile technology bundles featuring the new Yonah chips with different chipsets and Intel's Pro/Wireless 3945ABG network connection. A Centrino bundle with the T1300 single-core chip and Intel's 945 PM chipset and Pro/Wireless 3945ABG costs $274 (£159), while at the top of range is another bundle of the dual-core T2600 processor, Intel's 945 GM chipset and Pro/Wireless 3945ABG for $706 (£408).

The chip giant also introduced four more Pentium D dual-core chips: the 920, 930, 940 and 950, with clock speeds of 2.8GHz, 3GHz, 3.2GHz and 3.4GHz respectively, and pricing from $241 (£139) for the 920 up to $637 (£369) for the 950. All four chips were produced using the 65-nanometer manufacturing process.

Intel priced up four more Pentium 4 631, 641, 651 and 661 chips, with clock speeds of 3GHz, 3.2GHz, 3.4GHz and 3.6GHz, with pricing ranging from $178 (£103) for the 631 up to $401 (£232) for the 631. The chips were also produced using the 65-nanometer manufacturing process.

Intel also formally announced its new corporate brand identity on Tuesday, as first reported last week. The company is dropping its long-time 'Intel Inside' logo, which first appeared in 1991, in favor of 'Intel. Leap ahead'. At the same time, the company is debuting new logos for its Centrino mobile technology and Viiv technology platform for the digital home.

Intel is due to officially introduce Viiv PCs today at CES. Rival AMD is unveiling its Live! digital home brand, also at CES. PCs branded with AMD's Live! logo should begin to appear around the middle of this year, according to the company.

Intel has also redesigned its logos for processors, chipsets, motherboards and other products. The company brought in two new processor brands, Core Solo and Core Duo, to highlight single-core and dual-core chip implementations. For the Centrino mobile brand, the company has also introduced a 'Centrino Duo' logo to emphasise dual-core processors.


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