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Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini stood on stage at the company’s headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., to formally launch the company’s most important product in a decade, the Core 2 Duo processor. rnrn
Otellini holds up the Core 2 Duo processor, whichrnwas built with Intel’s 65-nanometer manufacturing technology. It has 291rnmillion transistors packed into an area smaller than the fingernail onrnOtellini’s little finger, he said.
Velocity Micro’s PCs are among the first to bernavailable with the new Core Extreme and Core 2 Duo processors throughrnBest Buy’s retail stores.
Intel demonstrated the new processors running onrnthis fiery blue desktop PC from boutique gaming PC vendor Falcon Northwest.
Dozens of systems were available for demonstrationsrnfollowing Otellini’s speech, including this number from Voodoo PC. SomernPCs based on the Core Extreme processor are available immediately, whilernless expensive ones will start to trickle out over the next severalrnweeks.
Dell’s new subsidiary, Alienware, showed off a newrnchassis design for a Core Extreme PC that has a hinged cover for itsrnmedia card reader and DVD drive.
Intel and its partners were also showing offrnpreproduction notebooks based on Merom, the notebook version of the Corern2 Duo. New notebooks will start to appear toward the end of August, saidrnDadi Perlmutter, the new solo head of Intel’s Mobility Group, in anrninterview.