Core 2 Duo-powered notebooks now shipping

The desktop and mobile Core 2 Duo lineups officially launched together on July 27, but Intel said it would take until late August for Core 2-powered notebooks to hit stores. Today, right on schedule, Intel has announced that notebooks with Core 2 Duo processors are finally shipping. The company has also unveiled its prices for the new chips, which are as follows:

Speed Cache FSB Price
Core 2 Duo T7600 2.33GHz 4MB 667MHz $637
Core 2 Duo T7400 2.16GHz 4MB 667MHz $423
Core 2 Duo T7200 2.00GHz 4MB 667MHz $294
Core 2 Duo T5600 1.83GHz 2MB 667MHz $241
Core 2 Duo T5500 1.66GHz 2MB 667MHz $209

Intel says more than 200 Centrino Duo-branded notebook designs will integrate the mobile Core 2 Duo this year, although it doesn't say how many will initially be available. The notebooks will feature the same 945 Express chipset and Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network card as their predecessors running Core Duo chips. According to previous reports, the Core 2 Duo is little more than a drop-in upgrade for current Centrino Duo laptops, so notebooks manufacturers should be able to slip the new chips in their existing designs.

This easy upgrade path could help speed up adoption of the Core 2 Duo. In fact, if Taiwanese rumors are to be believed, Intel plans to ramp production of Core 2 Duo processors until the original Core Duo chips are reduced to only 10-15% of the company's mobile shipments by the first quarter of next year.

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