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Intel "Nehalem" to be named "Core i7"

iMacmatician

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Everybody thought it would be "Core 3," but no… it's "Core i7."

Expreview said:
Intel have decided to brand Nehalem with a new name “Core i7″. That means no matter Bloomfield, Lynnfield, or Havendale will officially get their name.
There will be 3 Bloomfield to enter PC market later this year, and the 999USD top-of-the-line Bloomfield is the only Core i7 Extreme Edition processor current revealed.
All i7 processors and i7 Extreme Edition processor will be officially announced in Aug 11st, launch date set to Q4 this year.

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Apple Ink

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I see Intel being heavily influenced by Apple! Not only for product nomenclature but also logo designs! This is probably the first ever Intel logo that may be likable by the Mac community (but still not enough to be stuck on our Macs of course!:p
 
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iMacmatician

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So basically it is the 786 processor. Which confirms that Core & Core 2 was the 686.

TEG
286
386
486
"586": Pentium
"686": Pentium Pro, Pentium II, Pentium III, Pentium M (including Core), Core 2
"786": Core i7

It looks like there's no more "Duo," "Quad," etc. Oh well. There's other ways (mockup).
 
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Eidorian

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"586": Pentium
"686": Pentium Pro, Pentium II, Pentium III, Pentium M (including Core), Core 2
"786": Core i7

It looks like there's no more "Duo," "Quad," etc. Oh well. There's other ways.
Duo and Quad really helped the masses. I can't believe they'd getting rid of them for colors.
 
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Eidorian

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We care.



Also, the read link takes me to an RSS feed and opens my feed aggregator.
I did change the link from a direct image link to the page itself. It looks like Behardware doesn't hot linking off site anymore. It works fine for me.

I wonder what your problem is...
 
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Anonymous Freak

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"586": Pentium
"686": Pentium Pro, Pentium II, Pentium III, Pentium M (including Core), Core 2
"786": Core i7

Nope.

You're right up through "586"/Pentium. Intel officially abandoned the x86 names with Pentium, and it was codenamed "P5" But it was the fifth generation core.

Pentium Pro was "P6", and was the sixth generation core. Pentium II and Pentium III were directly descendent from Pentium Pro.

Itanium was officially the seventh generation core. When it failed to achieve serious market penetration...

Pentium 4 became the "seventh generation" core. The core lost any numbering at all, and became "NetBurst". Pentium 4 begat Pentium D and Pentium Extreme Edition.

Pentium M and Core Duo are loosely derived from the "P6" line, but are different enough that they are their own line. I haven't seen anywhere specifically referring to it as an eighth generation, but for all intents and purposes, it was.

Core 2 is yet another new line. Yes, it carries some loose family resemblance to P6, but it is not derivative enough to be a true member of the family, just like Pentium M and Core Duo. It is also different enough from Core Duo to be separate. At this point, nobody refers to it by generation number any more, but it is effectively the ninth generation.

Nehalem will therefore be the tenth generation x86-family core.


Note that I currently work as a contractor to Intel, but have no inside knowledge of any public naming in regards to Nehalem, so I'm not even going to speculate on it.

Oh, and I suppose I have to add: My comments are my own personal comments, not the opinion of Intel, etc, etc, etc...
 
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reallynotnick

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Am I the only one who realizes that i7 is an imaginary number? :p

EDIT: god damn, that is what summer does to me. Well it is even more imaginary then normal imaginary numbers! ;P
 
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plinkoman

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Why is it that intel is unable to come up with a coherent and logical naming scheme? It would be a lot easier to understand by the average consumer if they called it core 3, and retained the solo, duo, quad, and octo names.

Is there some sort of marketing advantage in consumer confusion?
 
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macthetiger85

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Why is it that intel is unable to come up with a coherent and logical naming scheme? It would be a lot easier to understand by the average consumer if they called it core 3, and retained the solo, duo, quad, and octo names.

Is there some sort of marketing advantage in consumer confusion?

They may be future proofing - 16 core would be

Intel Core 3 Hexa-deca?


Talk about confusing! ;)
 
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