Intel plans to unveil its Core 2 Duo dual-core processors for desktops and laptops this summer.
The Core 2 Duo name will be used for desktop chips based on the “Conroe” chip and for notebook chips based on the “Merom” chip.
Merom processors consume less power than Conroe chips, but the two are otherwise similar.
The Conroe and Merom chips will first appear in July and August, respectively.
The new chips are designed to take on smaller rival AMD in the dual-core processor market.
Intel's model numbers for the Core 2 Duo range of chips will be preceded by a letter that indicates how much power the chip consumes at its peak.
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With the appearance of the Core 2 Duo chips, Intel is expected to start phasing out the 13-year-old Pentium brand.