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"Tulsa," "Merom," "Kentsfield" and "Clovertown" moved up

Yesterday during Intel's Q2'06 earnings report, Intel CEO Paul Otellini revealed that Intel has moved up its launch schedule for quad-core processors to Q4 2006 instead of Q1 2007 as originally announced by Intel in roadmaps and public relations.

Otellini claimed "We notified customers that we're pulling in both a desktop and server of the first quad-core processors into the fourth quarter of this year from the first half of 2007."  These two processors, dubbed Kentsfield and Clovertown, respectively, are essentially twin-die packages of Core 2 Duo.

In late May, Intel announced that the company will ship a 3.2GHz Core 2 Extreme processor followed by quad-core Kentsfield in Q1'07Kentsfield has always been slated as an Extreme processor, meaning it will carry a larger price tag than the traditional Core 2 Duo series.  Intel's quad-core server processor, dubbed Clovertown, is virtually identical to Kentsfield but will use the Socket 771 package instead of Socket 775.

Furthermore, Otellini confirmed that quad-core isn't the only processor series moved up.  The CEO confirmed Merom has been moved up and is already shipping to revenue, as was reported by HKEPC (English) several days ago.  Intel's Tulsa processors for Xeon MP are also already shipping to revenue according to Otellini, but the availability of these processors has largely been overshadowed by yesterday's launch of Itanium 2 Montecito and the recent launch of Xeon DP Woodcrest

Typically there is a two to three week lag between revenue shipments and retail availability, so expect to see many of these new "shipping to revenue" processors before the end of the month.


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RE: To combat 4x4 I take it.
By Strunf on 7/20/2006 1:21:47 PM , Rating: 0
I don’t think most games are multi-treaded at all, not even the AI runs on the other core, anyway it doesn’t matter, the AI doesn’t require that much processing power anyways, physics on the other hand...

4 cores aren’t really too many, when you know the PS3 CELL has 8... it depends of what you do on your PC though.


RE: To combat 4x4 I take it.
By epsilonparadox on 7/20/2006 2:14:31 PM , Rating: 2
The Cell has one full functioning general core and the rest are SPEs that can only handle small specific task that must be written into the application code. the 4x4 and kentsfield has 4 full functioning general cores that can handle a multiple various-sized tasks. The Cell is a completely different beast from these two.


RE: To combat 4x4 I take it.
By Calin on 7/21/2006 9:26:33 AM , Rating: 2
The Cell has one common processor (one that is good at running mostly any code). There are another 7 SPE, which are limited in: Out of Order Execution (not available), main memory access (not available IIRC), some instructions. As long as you feed them code optimized to run on them, they can put to shame anything else. If you feed them code that is not optimized, they are a millstone around your neck.

The Core 2 Quad (or whatever) is composed of four identical common processors.


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