Intel’s quad-core around the corner

Intel has announced that its first quad-core processor offering, aimed at gaming enthusiasts and content creators, will be available around the globe by early 2007.

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By  Cleona Godinho in San Francisco Published  September 27, 2006

Intel has announced that its first quad-core processor offering, aimed at gaming enthusiasts and content creators, will be available around the globe by early 2007. Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO made the announcement at the 10th annual Intel Developer Forum (IDF) conference, which is currently being held in San Francisco, California. According to Otellini, the firm’s first quad-core processor, the Core 2 Extreme, will be shipped to computer manufacturers world-wide in November of this year. “The Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor will feature a dramatic 70% performance increase over today’s Intel Core 2 Extreme processor,” stated Otellini. At an opening IDF keynote attended by Windows today, Game developer, Remedy demonstrated its upcoming psychological action thriller called Alan Wake, which has been engineered to take advantage of Intel’s quad-core Extreme Edition for gaming. According to Markus Maki, founder of Remedy, the multiple cores are used to stream data in the background in preparation for moves into new areas, and to prepare output for the graphics card to render. At the IDF showcase, the game displayed near photo-quality scenery, lighting and action as well as real-time rendering. The demonstration highlighted that progress is being made by application programmers on creating software that can take advantage of multi-core processors – a key concern of both Intel and AMD. Otellini also revealed that the firm’s mainstream processor, dubbed 'Core 2 Quad' will be shipped in the first quarter of 2007. For servers, the Quad Core Intel Xeon processor 5300 series brand for dual processors will be shipped by this year. “Quad cores create more opportunities for parallel work by dividing the tasks,” explained Otellini. “The clock rates are slower than previous generations, but the work gets done faster because various workloads are simultaneously completed on individual cores.” Meanwhile, Intel's key competitor AMD is set to release its quad-core offering called 4x4 in mid 2007.

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