Merom, a notebook processor and the third leg of Intel's Core architecture triumvirate, will also get a thorough airing at aplanned at the chipmaker's headquarters next Thursday, CNET News.com has learned. Intel plans to announce details about the branding strategy and systems that will appear with Merom processors, although the chips themselves won't be available until later, according to sources familiar with the company's plans.
The three chips form the basis of Intel's most competitive product lineup in years, and all are based on a. The company has already launched the server chip, and released about the Conroe desktop chip, both of which address markets where Intel had lagged the performance of Advanced Micro Devices' processors.
Intel has maintained more of an advantage in notebooks with its Pentium M and Core Duo processors, but Merom will represent additional improvements in performance and power consumption. Like Conroe, it also will use thebrand, with model numbers in the 5000 and 7000 range that will indicate performance.
Intel has already begun to ship Merom processors to its PC customers, Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini said Wednesday during the company'searnings conference call. Systems with Merom should begin to appear around the end of August, according to sources.
CNET News.com's Stephen Shankland contributed to this report.