INTEL dual-core to double up by the end OF this year

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By  Published  July 31, 2006

Intel will launch its quad-core server and desktop processors this year rather than next (as first planned), according to the firm’s chief executive officer Paul Otellini.

Speaking at an event last month, Otellini suggested that the firm’s partners were already aware of this date having been moved forwards.

Intel Middle East’s general manager for the GCC, Samir Al-Schamma, confirmed this directly to Windows, saying, “Intel has notified customers that its first quad-core micro-processors for server and desktop systems are ahead of schedule, with shipments expected in the fourth quarter of this year rather than the first half of 2007.”

Intel’s first quad-core processor for dual-core servers and workstations is code-named Clovertown.

This will support four full execution cores and should start shipping as part of the Bensley platform in the fourth quarter of this year.

Intel’s desktop equivalent meanwhile is code-named Kentsfield and should ship around the same time.

Intel’s primary CPU rival AMD is also working on its own multiple-CPU technology, which is currently code-named 4x4.

The key difference between the two approaches appears to be that while Intel’s quad-core approach utilises a single processor socket on the motherboard, AMD’s 4x4 enthusiast platform will feature two dual-core processors set in two separate mainboard sockets, then connected together by AMD’s Direct Connect architecture.

According to online reports, AMD then has further plans to upgrade its 4x4 platform to eight total processor cores through the launch of its four-on-one quad-core CPUs next year.

AMD’s current dual-core desktop CPUs are the Athlon 64 X2 series and the Athlon AM2 FX62.

According to AMD Middle East however, the 4x4 platform should feature its forthcoming Athlon 64 FX chip.

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