What Is an Intel Processor?

by Eric H. Doss

Intel is one of the two, AMD being the other, largest manufacturers of processors for personal and business computers. Processors, or CPUs, are the central component of computer hardware, used to perform calculations and run programs. Historically, Intel only produced processors for Windows and Linux computers, but recently began supplying processors to Apple. Intel's processors are used in desktop, laptop, netbook, and server computers. Many of Intel's current processors feature multiple cores, or individual calculation engines, arranged on a single processor.

Intel i7 Processors

The i7 is Intel's newest architecture for laptop and desktop processors. These processors feature four processor cores and are designed to handle multiple tasks at once. These processors are available in three speeds: 3.06 GHz; 2.93 GHz; and 2.66 GHz. Though the cost is dropping, these processors are mostly used in high-end computers.

Intel Core2

The Core2 product line from Intel features dual- and quad-core processors for desktop and laptop computers. The Core2 processors are available in many speeds. Core2 processors are found in mid-market desktops and laptops.

Intel Pentium

The Pentium family of processors is one of Intel's most prolific product lines. In production for more than 15 years, the Pentium family currently features dual-core processors, but has included single core processors in the past. Many computer companies no longer use Pentium processors, but they can occasionally be found in business computers and low-end computers. Pentium processors are used in both laptops and desktops.

Intel Celeron

The Celeron family of processors is the entry-level product line from Intel. Originally launched as a single core processor, the Celeron processors are also available as dual-core chips. Celeron processors are generally found in entry-level or budget computers.

Intel Atom

The Intel Atom processor family is used in netbook and nettop computers. Atom processors are designed to use very little power and have limited graphics capabilities. Though one version is available with dual-cores, the rest of the product line is single-core only.

About the Author

Based in Beaufort, SC, Eric H. Doss has been writing professionally since 2005. Mr. Doss is a writer and editor for an international publishing and information company and his work has appeared on eHow, Answerbag and other websites. A trained historian, he holds a master's degree from Clemson University.

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