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Intel introduces Core i5 and Core i3 brands

by Scott Bicheno on 18 June 2009, 09:10

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Core complications

Intel communications manager Bill Calder has posted an explanation of Intel's future CPU branding on the technology@Intel blog.

Core i7 is to be joined by Core i5 and Core i3, but Pentium and Celeron are still being kept going too. The Core brand is subdivided into entry-level (i3), mid-range (i5) and top-end (i7). By that logic, Pentium is now really entry-level and Celeron is really, really entry-level.

This means that brands like Core 2 Cuo and Core 2 Quad are going to be phased out over time, but no specific deadline seems to have been determined. We'll be seeing Core i5 later this year and Core i3 at the start of next year.

Centrino is also being scrapped as a PC brand and moved over to exclusively represent Intel's wireless technologies, including WiMAX. Intel's business brand - vPro - will continue to be used as a post-script for business designated platforms. These transitions are expected to kick in at the start of next year.

Back to the Core branding, Calder stressed that they're not actually brands, but modifiers. Mere semantics you might think, but he made this point to stress that some CPUs, like the impending Lynnfield launch "will be available as either Intel Core i5 or Intel Core i7 depending upon the feature set and capability."

Atom appears to be unaffected by all this and there is a bit more information on this available on the Intel website. And don't forget, there's also the star system unveiled in April.

Has Intel succeeded in simplifying its CPU offering or do you think it could have gone further? Let us know what you think in the HEXUS.community discussion forums.


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i3/5/7 is great.. but they need to make other requirements equally simple - ie one motherboard should be able to take all i5 chips etc., not have some core i7s need an X58 and some need a P55/57.
Wait, so whats an i3? A cut down version of the already cut down i5? or a re-branded Core2? :O_o1:

Edit: I thought i7 used only X58 and i5 uses P55?
Wait, so whats an i3? A cut down version of the already cut down i5? or a re-branded Core2? :O_o1:

i5 isn't cut down. Core 2 remain for a while, but I wouldn't be surprised if new budget chips based on them come out as i3.

Edit: I thought i7 used only X58 and i5 uses P55?
What about the lynnfield i7's? You have read the article right? :p
Na, i just skimmed it. I thought Lynnfield was a code name for the die shrink or something. I guess im wrong XD.
Its confusing if you ask me. Is the table the official one from Intel or is that Hexus speculating on products?