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Intel's Kentsfield CPU (top) will be the first quad core desktop chip, Clovertown will be the server equivalent - Courtesy AnandTech.com
According to Intel, it says quad-core for desktops will be ready by 2007

IDF is definitely showcasing a host of exciting technologies, but today Intel showed details of some very interesting technology in regards to where servers and desktops will be heading in 2007. According to company slides, Intel expects to be shipping multi-core Xeon processors based on the Montecito core by mid-year 2006. Targeting the MP segment, Intel's next-generation Tulsa processor will be manufactured using 65nm fabrication technology with large 16MB caches.

For the desktop segment, Intel indicated that Kentsfield will be the first quad-core processor and will be released in Q1 of 2007 after Conroe. During mid-year 2006, Intel will introduce its Bridge Creek platform but it did not indicate whether or not it will be Kentsfield ready. Recently, AMD also indicated that it will be introducing quad-core processors in 2007 for the server segment, but did not talk about the desktop space. According to Intel slides, Kentsfield will be focused on immediately after Conroe.

Intel indicated that quad-core processors will only be needed for the very highest-end desktops. Corporate users and enterprise level productivity software will also be a target for Kentsfield. Tigerton, Intel's quad-core MP processor, will also be released in early 2007.


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By RyanHirst on 3/9/2006 5:25:48 PM , Rating: 2
Nobody has quite hit the relevant point on the head. "Dice" is Correct (with a capital). Oh, yes, and "dies" is Correct, too. Both follow the formal definitions, neither is a product of casual or lax usage. The point is:
While "dies" is a correct plural for mechanical procedures that involve stamping, etching or shaping objects, it refers to the machine that does the stamping. The softer (or resultant) objects which have been stamped by the dies may, if cuboid, be called dice. Regardless of what you remeber from classrooms, cuboids are properly "dice" only if they are cut from something larger; cuboids are properly "dies" by definition, cf. the use in architecture to describe blocks used as part of a larger structure.
Since the specific connotation of "dice" is a cuboid that is cut from a larger whole, and the specific connotation of "dies" is that which performs the stamping, cutting or engraving-- dice is the most logically correct.
Look at it this way: They are dice when they are made and cut. When on their way to being integrated into a complete processor chip (with heatspreader, pins, etc.) they are dies. Of course they're either and both, whenever you want.
Carry on.
[All definitions taken from the Oxford English Dictionary]




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