Intel's Core 2 Duo to drop its 'Duo'

Rumors of a forthcoming change to Intel's processor naming scheme are swirling around some PC makers, according to a report by DigiTimes. Intel's model numbers appear safe for the time being, but this time it's the actual product names the company will reportedly strive to simplify.

From January 1, 2008 on, DigiTimes says Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors will be known simply as Core 2. As for the new Core-based Pentium chips (a.k.a. Pentium Dual-Core Processors) and old Pentium Ds, they'll all be branded Pentium. Things will become simpler on the mobile front, too, where Centrino and Centrino Duo will be dubbed "Intel Centrino Processor Technology" and Centrino Pro will have its name changed to "Centrino with vPro Technology." DigiTimes has details about the full range of Intel's branding changes here, and it says Intel expects to finish its naming change before the end of the first quarter of 2008.

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