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Intel drops "Pentium" brand.

Discussion in 'News and Information' started by r2k, Jan 15, 2006.

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  1. r2k

    r2k Retired Staff Member GzP Underground

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    Chicago (IL) - Intel has made a final decision to get rid of one of its oldest and most valuable brands, sources told TG Daily: "Pentium," unveiled in 1993 for its P5 processor generation, will begin to quietly disappear in the current CPU generation such as the single-core 600 series as well as the D 800 and D 900 families.

    Sources indicated that Intel will drop the Pentium name without making a major announcement, but simply transition to processor names such as "Intel D 920" or "Intel 672" without introducing a new brand. Apparently, the transition is planned to begin in the immediate future. The company declined to comment on the possibly fading Pentium brand.

    The decision to depart from an established brand always is risky, but Kevin Krewell, principal analyst with In-Stat/MDR and editor in chief of the Microprocessor Report, suggests that the Pentium naming tradition was becoming old, confusing and desperately needed a refreshment. "In my opinion, Intel should have introduced a new name after launching Pentium II. It was getting quite confusing already back then," he said. After having squeezed more than a dozen variations of Pentiums under one roof since the brand's introduction in 1993, a shift in Intel's marketing and product strategy may have been the decisive impact to kick out Pentium.

    According to Krewell, the processor is becoming less important in Intel's product line-up: "Intel downplays the processor brand. The spotlight is on platforms such as Centrino," he said. He expects that the loss of Pentium will have a financial, impact, but believes that it will not large enough to hurt Intel: "They can throw an amazing amount of cash at branding as soon as a new product is announced."

    Rob Enderle, principal analyst with the Enderle Group, told TG Daily that Intel has informed OEM's some time ago that the Pentium brand will be going away. "Those OEM's are very upset about this decision. Pentium kept the product line-up somewhat in order. The complexity of Intel's products creates too many possibilities to put a system together. It's a nightmare," Enderle said.

    While companies that command the chain from building and selling a system, such as Dell, may benefit from Intel's decision, traditional system builders are left behind, Enderle believes: "The more choices you have, the more problems arise at the retail level," he explained.

    Enderle goes as far as saying that AMD may benefit from the outgoing Pentium brand and attract even more system builder attention. While AMD typically closely watches what OEM's are asking for, Intel on the other side "has a history of not listening to OEM's," he said. "Their approach typically is "it's ok if you disagree, but we are going through with this anyway," according to Enderle.

    Still, Enderle found Intel's decision surprising. "Pentium was not a damaged good that would have forced Intel to such a departure. I cannot really remember when GE the last time threw out such a brand. It is like General Motors not selling Chevrolets anymore."

    Source: http://tgdaily.com/2006/01/15/intel_drops_pentium_brand/
     
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    well they did the rite thing.... they got rid of pentium b4 pentium nine came out :)

    wait..... what else does intel make o.o
     
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    Aww thats all ive ever had pentium, pentium 2, pentium 4, pentium, 4 now im looking to buy a new computer but its not going to be a pentium.
     
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    I heard about this in the Engadget podcast.

    What if they actually went for Pentium 5?
    That would be funny.

    BACK TO THE FUTURE.
     
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    Intel isnt out of the business just because they drop Pentium.

    They have already annouced 3 new processors in the works. A mobile one, desktop one, and a dual core one...

    Only name I can remember now is Intel Conroe...
     
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    every computer in my house uses pentium :(
     
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    Looks like they've gotten tired of giving their CPUs names. Remember the 286, 386, and 486?
     
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    Pentium became kind of indicator for the cpu's brand, such as Athlon and Duron for AMD.
    if you say 'i have a D900 processor' most people will guess it's a noname 900mhz cpu or so.
    we're used to 'pentium' allready, and know it's a good cpu.
    i think the companies all become unnecessarily complicated.

    hmm i remember it as 80x286, 80x386 and 80x486, and some extensions such as DX. :p
     
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    farewell "pentium" :')

    Intel wouldn't feel the same if they drop pentium name. We have been exposed to pentiums throughout our lives, from the crappy P1's that ran 100Mhz till todays newer HT 3gigs+ P4s chips, they have been a leading brand name for high quality and preformance untill the release of the amd 64 chips which is now dominating the market.

    R.I.P Pentium R.I.P

    :Banane48:
     
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    nine :confused:
     
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    Yup R.I.P. Oh well i use Antrun Anthron or whatever its called. :p
     
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    Maybe a reaction to the macs putting intel chips in their computers..
     
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    But I like Pentium...
     
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    there are also new commercials about intel chip being put into mac pcs as well
     
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    Interesting...

    Does this mean they lose copyright laws to the name "Pentium" as well? Simply put, if they drop the name, what's stopping another company from picking up the name and using it for their processors. People won't know the difference and go off the name "Pentium".
     
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    You mean noname trash with a famous name?
    Hmm... isn't that impersonating in some way?
    I think they would just stop using the name but keep the copyright.

    (I hope at least infineon keeps the name since the RAM is very good.)

    <offtopic>
    In germany, there's a cigarette brand named Comodore
    </offtopic>
     
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    Meh, more power to them

    it would seem stupid to continue it. im more of a AMD fan though
     
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    pentium has alot of history....
     
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