Intel Pentium Dual-Core processor families

Pentium Dual-Core processor family is the latest Pentium-branded family of budget dual-core desktop and mobile microprocessors. The family was introduced in the first quarter of 2007 and currently (Feb 2010) includes 15 desktop and 15 mobile microprocessors. With the exception of one recently released Nehalem Pentium processor, all Pentium Dual-Cores are based on Core micro-architecture, and include the following Core features:
  • 32 KB instruction and 32 KB data cache per core;
  • EM64T technology;
  • SSE3 and supplemental SSE3 instructions;
  • Wide Dynamic Execution - each core can execute up to 4 instructions per clock;
  • Advanced Digital Media Boost - ability to execute one 128-bit SSE instruction each clock cycle.
  • Execute disable bit - data memory segments can be marked as non-executable, which prevents external programs to execute malicious program code, that was loaded into system memory as data.

All desktop and mobile Pentiums have smaller size of level 2 cache, and run at lower core and bus frequencies than Core 2 Duo microprocessors released at the same time frame. Earlier desktop CPUs, as well as all mobile Pentium Dual-Core processors don't support Virtualization technology.

"Dual-Core" part was eventually dropped from the family name, and the family is currently branded as "Pentium". Mobile Pentium dual-core processors are currently branded as "Pentium Mobile".

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Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2140 - HH80557PG0251M / BX80557E2140 / BXC80557E2140
Author: xcarlos

Traditionally, the Pentium brand has always been associated with high-performance desktop processors. Starting from the Pentium Dual-Core family, the brand was "downgraded" to medium-performance and medium-priced processors. During its introduction, in May 2007, the family was positioned between Core 2 Duo family and single-core Celeron 400 series family. First two members of family were E2140 and E2160. Both processors had 1 MB level 2 cache - 2 or 4 times smaller than the level 2 cache on Core 2 Duo processors, but 2 times larger than the L2 cache on Celeron 400 series CPUs. Processor's frequency and Front Side Bus frequency was comparable to those frequencies of Celeron 4xx and the slowest Core 2 Duo processors.

Picture of: Intel Pentium Dual-Core E2140 - HH80557PG0251M / BX80557E2140 / BXC80557E2140

Intel Pentium Dual-Core Mobile T2060 - LF80539GE0251M

Mobile Pentium Dual-Core processors, also called Pentium Dual-Core Mobile, were originally based on Core microarchitecture. Like their desktop counterparts, mobile products had 2 CPU cores with SSE3 support, and 1 MB of level 2 cache. Although the first mobile microprocessors did not support Intel 64 technology, this technology was enabled in all Pentiums starting from the T2330 model. In 2010, the family was transitioned to Nehalem architecture, and the CPUs acquired several new integrated features: 3 MB L3 cache, graphics processing unit, and a DDR3 memory controller. In the course of the next three years the underlying microarchitecture was switched to Sandy Bridge, then to Ivy Bridge, and finally to Haswell. Along the way the "Dual-Core" part was dropped from the family name, and the microprocessors were now dubbed as Mobile Pentium. All Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge and Haswell Pentium parts have smaller 2 MB L3 cache, but on the other hand they received support for SSE4 instructions. All Mobile Pentium CPUs fit into 37 Watt or lower thermal envelope. Ultra-low voltage SKUs have 15 - 17 Watt TDP, whereas some SKUs have the TDP as low as 10 Watt. The processors were manufactured in BGA and PGA packages.

Picture of: Intel Pentium Dual-Core Mobile T2060 - LF80539GE0251M

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