Picking a processor out of the lineup
Question : What is the difference between the Intel Core 2 Duo processor and the Intel ViiV processor?
Answer : Intel recently announced a new line of processors, the Intel Core 2 Duo and Intel Core 2
Extreme. These processors are already showing up in computer systems from PC makers like
Dell and Hewlett-Packard. Other systems may have processors from Intel's main rival, AMD.
The Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors have dual cores (two computing engines),
which handle data faster and more efficiently, for an estimated 40% increase in
performance over previous processors. There are 10 versions of the Core 2
processors, five made for various types of desktop systems and the other five for laptop computers.
Intel's ViiV (it rhymes with five) is not a processor on its own, but an overall technology
package for computers intended primarily for use as home digital entertainment systems.
Computer systems bearing the ViiV logo can include Core 2 Duo processors under the hood,
and high-end hardware to support sharp video playback and audio surround sound.
ViiV systems run Windows XP Media Centre Edition and can store and display digital photos
and video; the computers also serve as a central jukebox for your digital music files and
provide easy access to other online content. There is a full rundown of ViiV features at