Here’s 10 Things You Need to Know About Intel’s Core 2 Duo processors, which will begin shipping next month.

The Core processors will be the fastest processors available (but drawing less energy than current processors), and the Core architecture will underlie Intel’s processors for all platforms – desktops, notebooks, and servers. The Pentium era is over; there will never be another Pentium processor.

If you’re interested, this article goes far deeper into the technical details of the new processor lineup. AMD has gotten lots of good press and market momentum in the last year, but now Intel is making a big leap ahead. Count on AMD to crank up its PR machine to create the illusion that its products are competitive, while they hustle for six months or a year to catch up.

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