Sunday, June 06, 2004

Intel Introduces Processor Numbers

Intel will phase out the CPU speed (eg Intel Pentium 4 2.0 GHz) in the CPU name from June 2004

Going forward, Intel processors will be named using a combination of the processor brand (the 'processor family') and a specific 3-digit number (the 'processor number').
Example:
Processor numbers will be categorized in 3-digit numerical sequences such as 7xx, 5xx, or 3xx. This number plus the processor family comprise the overall 'processor name'. Within each number sequence are specific processor numbers such as 735, 560, or 320. References to the clock speed in the processor name (as has been used in the past) will be replaced with the processor number, which now represent a broader set of features that influence the overall user experience. Processor families may also change to reflect changes in Intel's product offerings.
Examples of specific Intel processor families include:

Desktop Processor FamilyNumber Sequence
Intel Pentium 4 processor (including the Intel Pentium 4 processor supporting Hyper-Threading Technology and Intel Pentium 4 processor with HT Technology)5xx
Intel Celeron D processor3xx

Mobile Processor FamilyNumber Sequence
Intel Pentium M processor*7xx
Intel Pentium M processor Low Voltage (or LV) 7xx
Intel Pentium M processor Ultra Low Voltage (or ULV) 7xx
Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor (including the Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor supporting Hyper-Threading Technology and Mobile Intel Pentium 4 processor with HT Technology)5xx
Intel Celeron M processor3xx
Intel Celeron M processor Ultra Low Voltage (or ULV)3xx"

For More Information
Intel's processor number nomenclature is scheduled to take effect with mobile processors in May 2004 and with desktop processors in June 2004. Continue to check www.intel.com for more details on processor numbers as they develop.