Intel and Apple, BFF?

It’s no secret that Intel and Apple have been best buddies for the past couple of years. But the friendship seems to hit a high today when Apple announced a new top-of-the-line iMac model featuring an Core 2 processor that’s not yet list in Intel’s product catalog.

The spec sheet for the new 24-in. iMac listed the processor as a 3.06 GHz Core 2, but the TG Daily blog nailed it down as a special version of the Core 2 Duo Extreme X9100. The X9100 is in Intel’s roadmap as part of the forthcoming “Montevina” family of chipsets; the version used by Apple is a new processor with the older, i.e., currently available, “Santa Rosa” chipset.

How long before you see this sizzler on offerings from Dell or HP? It probably won’t be too much of a wait. “We provide our customers with a range of technology choices,” said an Intel spokesperson. “If a customer requires a different technology feature-set, then where possible, we will work with them to develop a solution to meet their respective market needs, as we have done in this case. That said, if other companies are developing products with similar specifications, we would offer these or similar products to those companies.”

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