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Intel brings quad-core chips to town

Following the launch of its Core 2 Duo CPU family earlier this year, Intel has now chosen GITEX at which to premiere its first ever multi-core models.

Today GITEX 2006 hosts the world’s first exhibition appearance by Intel’s brand new quad-core Intel Xeon 5300 and Core 2 Extreme processor families, which the hardware giant claims signal the start of the computer industry’s multi-core era.

Intel reckons quad-core processors - whereby four computing ‘brains’ are housed inside a single computer processor - deliver immense speed and responsiveness for general purpose servers, workstations, digital media creation, high-end gaming and other market segments that crave performance.

Intel began the transition to multi-core technology four years ago with the launch of its ‘Hyperthreading’ technology. This was followed by the introduction of the industry’s first dual-core PC processors - named Pentium D - and earlier this year its Core 2 Duo product line.

“Our industry is on the brink of a ‘perfect storm’ with two- and four-core processors from Intel, a new OS from Microsoft (Windows Vista), and a change in fundamental programming and computing models that will make servers and PCs even more responsive,” explains Samir Al Schamma, Intel’s general manager for the GCC region.

The processors launching today offer clock speeds ranging from 1.60GHz to 2.66GHz. Two further quad-core Xeon processors are then due in early 2007.

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