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Core Solo, Core Duo, Pentium D, Dual Core...what's the difference?

I have been seeing all this new terminology lately about core solo processors, core duo processors, dual core processors, etc.  Is there a difference?  For example...a Pentium M chip is a core solo processor, right?  A core duo processor is just a Pentium M Dual core chip.  A Pentium D, is just a Dual Core Pentium 4 chip (basically), right?

When the Pentium D came out, it seemed simple, but then all the laptops started having these solo and duo terms associated with them, and I am not sure I understand it all.  Can anyone make it a bit clearer?

Thanks.
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jbobst
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CallandorCommented:
You have it basically right - Core Solo (Yonah) is the successor to the Pentium-M line (Banias and Dothan), and Core Duo is the dual core version of it.  Pentium-D is the dual core version of the Pentium 4, though the 900 series is much improved over the 800 series and is more competitive with the Athlon64 dual cores.

Core Duo
http://www.anandtech.com/mobile/showdoc.aspx?i=2663
http://www.anandtech.com/cpuchipsets/showdoc.aspx?i=2648

Pentium-D
http://www.tomshardware.com/2006/01/05/the_65_nm_pentium_d_900s_coming_out_party/
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jbobstAuthor Commented:
Thanks Callandor...great ariticles, and you helped clear up the confusion!

Jeff
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