Intel Announces 2nd Generation Core 2 Duo

Intel announced on Wednesday its 2nd generation of faster, more capable Core 2 Duo CPUs. Features include higher clock speeds, stronger wireless signals and better energy efficiency.

"At the heart of the new Intel Centrino Duo and Intel Centrino Pro processor technology-based notebooks is the next-generation of Intelis highly acclaimed Intel Core 2 Duo processor, which delivers breakthrough mobile performance and responsiveness for demanding business users and consumers alike," the announcement said.

The enhancements include:

  • Intel 965 Express chipset enables an enhanced high-definition video experience.
  • Intelis 802.11AGN Next-Gen Wireless-N
  • A Turbo Memory (optional) feature to accelerate apps and boot-up by 20%
  • vPro technology for security and management
  • Additional power management features

The new CPUs are based on a 65 nm process and range from 1.66 to 2.4 GHz. Exactly what options and speeds might make into a next generation MacBook have not been specified.