Intel releases Haifa-developed chip for laptops

Processor allows for smaller and more efficient systems, company says.

Intel Corp. said Monday that computer manufacturers have begun shipment of laptops using the Intel Core 2 Duo mobile processors developed at the chip maker's Haifa center. Code named "Merom" for mobile technology, the release follows a similar launch of the technology for desktops (code-named "Conroe") a month ago. Intel said more than 200 Intel Centrino Duo mobile technology-based designs from PC manufacturers, resellers and integrators around the world will use the new Intel Core 2 Duo processor this year. The company is hailing the technology as one of the most influential finds the industry has seen in years. "Not since Intel introduced the Pentium processor has the industry seen the heart of the computer reinvented like this," said Paul Otellini, president and CEO of Intel when the desktop processor was released at the end of July. Intel Core 2 Duo processors have two processing cores or computing "brains" that can handle multiple tasks in less time while consuming less power, which Intel said allows for smaller and more efficient systems and enables the processors to deliver improved performance for videos, gaming and multimedia activities. David Perlmutter, senior vice president of the mobility group of Intel, noted that the new processor has doubled the performance of laptops, giving consumers and businesses an in depth mobile experience while keeping power consumption and battery life unchanged.