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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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By wingless on 7/20/2006 9:09:47 PM , Rating: 2
When Windows Vista comes out and eats single and dual core processors for it's 3 major meals and 2 snacks a day, we all will hope and pray we can get quad core. This argument about 4 cores seems just like the old 64bit argument way back in the day (only a year or two ago...). For us ENTHUSIASTS, we will find a use for all 4 cores along with every extension and the 64bit capabilities in the next 2 years simultaneously. Hell, finally I can play games at full FPS while running seriously intensive software in the background and not skip a beat. As far as concerns about power consumption, AMD and INTEL are moving to or already using 65nm by the end of this year, and 45nm will come next year before we know it. a 4 core 45nm CPU will probably consume less enegery than our old 90nm's.

Im amazed to see people whine about innovation and MORE POWER!! I personally cant wait until I can own a computer thats 100% pure overkill for anything I use it for. Ive never seen a sytem that I can live up to that expectation yet..




By wingless on 7/20/2006 9:10:14 PM , Rating: 2
wow...I love a good senseless rant..


By GoatMonkey on 7/21/2006 2:41:00 PM , Rating: 2
I can agree with that. I'm getting tired of people saying that it's pointless because games can't use all of the CPUs. But you know... they will. And it won't be that long from now.

If they build it, someone will write code for it.

I'll take two.


"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive

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