Intel has confirmed it will start shipping its new Core 2 Duo processors for PCs this summer.
Desktop machines are set to be the first beneficiaries of the faster and more power efficient chips, with laptops expected to follow soon after.
Intel will officially unveil the new PC chip family at a company event at the end of this month.
A desktop solution is expected to be the centre of attention at the event, as the company seeks to tackle rival AMD’s top-of-the-range Athlon chips head on.
The new dual-core Duo chips will eventually replace the company’s existing Pentium D family which have not beaten AMD’s Athlon 64 X2 chips in the gaming and high-end PC market.
Intel says the Core 2 Duo chips will deliver better performance with lower power consumption than the Pentium D chips. This week, Intel is expected to release third party benchmark tests to illustrate the new chips’ performance against AMD solutions.
Intel has previously said that the Core 2 Duo solutions will outstrip the performance of comparable AMD solutions.
Intel is expected to launch a notebook version of the Core 2 Duo after the desktop version, probably some time in August.
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