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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 www.intel.com/products/viiv/description.htm.


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