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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 drmo on 7/20/2006 7:10:51 PM , Rating: 2
For those who think that it shouldn't be called "4x4", think about this: how any wheels does a 4x4 vehicle have? I think they are just playing off the image of the tough 4x4 vehicles. It implies that four times the power gets four times the work done (hence 4x4). What kind of marketing is 2x2? That wouldn't imply anything great to me, and could imply there are only 2 processors working.


RE: To combat 4x4 I take it.
By brownba on 7/20/2006 8:23:51 PM , Rating: 2
a 4x4 is a vehicle with 4 wheels and all 4 of those wheels are driven (all-wheel drive).
a 4x2 is a vehicle with 4 wheels and just 2 of those are powered (so either front or rear-wheel drive).



RE: To combat 4x4 I take it.
By drmo on 7/21/2006 5:09:25 PM , Rating: 2
"a 4x4 is a vehicle with 4 wheels and all 4 of those wheels are driven (all-wheel drive).
a 4x2 is a vehicle with 4 wheels and just 2 of those are powered (so either front or rear-wheel drive). "


Exactly, so a 2x2 would be a two processor system, where two processors work to the fullest (not a quad processor system). Of course, on single-threaded apps it would be 2x1. (You could say a P4 + HT would be 2 x 4 from that standpoint.) But really, 4x4 is just a marketing thing, IMO. Most people don't care how many sockets there are, just how much work gets done...


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