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Tuesday, June 06, 2006, 09:00 am PT (12:00 pm ET)

Intel rolls out Broadwater, says 3.2GHz Woodcrest planned

Presenting at Computex on Tuesday, Asia's largest computer expo, Intel Corp. detailed some of the products and technologies that will surround the company's upcoming family of powerful and energy-efficient Intel Core 2 Duo processors.

The world's largest chipmaker also divulged the clock speeds of two upcoming Core 2 Extreme processor and introduced a new low-voltage Core Duo chip.

During the presentation, Intel senior vice president Anand Chandrasekher officially unveiled the company's 965 Express Chipset, formerly code-named "Broadwater." He said future versions, including one with graphics built in, will ship over the next two months. Combined with the Intel Core 2 Duo processor, the 965 Express will enable "breakthrough PC performance, greater power efficiency, quieter systems and theatre-like sound quality, among other benefits," he said.

The new chipset supports DDR2 memory with data transfer speeds up to 800 MHz, which will improve the speed in which files can be access on a personal computer. Chandrasekher said a future integrated graphics chipset, called the G965 Express Chipset, will include a new feature called Intel Clear Video Technology, which enhances high-definition video playback including those from personal video recorders and digital camcorders for sharper image viewing quality.

All of the 965 Express chipsets will allow users to add a second external drive to a PC for extra data protection, as well as Intel High Definition Audio for theater-like sound quality and Intel Quiet System Technology to reduce system noise and heat for a much quieter, yet higher-performing PC.

The 965 chipsets will form the basis of systems supporting Intel's Viiv and vPRO technology platforms, both of which will be increasingly powered by Intel Core 2 Duo processors, Chandrasekher said. He also disclosed that Intel will introduce the Intel Core 2 Extreme processor (Woodcrest) at speeds of 2.93 Gigahertz in July, and a faster 3.2 Gigahertz version later in the year.

"There is a tremendous amount of excitement and anticipation for our forthcoming server, desktop and notebook processors based on the Core microarchitecture," Chandrasekher said. "The message to the industry is simple: We are bringing a massive amount of new products and technologies to the market starting today that will change the game in terms of what technology can do for you."

Also on Tuesday, Intel announced an "ultra low voltage" Intel Core Duo processor that will begin appearing in slim and sleek notebook designs from Dell and HP this summer, and a "600SM PCI Phone Adapter" that allows businesses to make VoIP calls from desktop PC.