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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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Take on Conroe, et al.
By maxusa on 7/21/2006 1:35:41 AM , Rating: 2
One thing that confuses me is why Intel released the original Yonah only to be killed in 7 months? Poor Apple with their decision to jump on the Core architecture... it was grossly premature move that will likely to aggravate a lot of new Mac Mini, iMac, and MBP owners.

Same situation is in the x86 camp. Dell, for one, has kept its Yonah offerings to just a few models. Sure this had lots of people wonder... no more. Merom/Conroe/Woodcrest is the real thing, which I'm sure will be here to stay for some time. This is good news for the corporate customers and the next upgrade cycle.




RE: Take on Conroe, et al.
By TomZ on 7/21/2006 10:23:57 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
One thing that confuses me is why Intel released the original Yonah only to be killed in 7 months?

Probably not a big deal in practice - at these production volumes, having to do a board rev (or new board design) is not really a big issue.

End-customers for the most part don't care if their processor is Yonah, Merom, etc. as long as it has good performance and good value.


RE: Take on Conroe, et al.
By ScottEllsworth on 7/21/2006 4:12:14 PM , Rating: 2
They released Yonah when they had to. Without such a chip, they have nada in the marketplace for six or seven months. With Yonah, they have _something_ that competes, if not as well as what was coming later.

From Apple's perspective, they got to move the Mac Mini and the powerbook lines over to Intel in a fairly short period. Their alternative was limping along with 1.6GHz single core G4s that were looking pretty anemic compared with the competition.

I bought a 17" MBP not long after they were announced, and am pretty happy with it. It runs fast, runs reasonably cool (compared with the G4 running the same tasks), and has no noise issues. Using the server VM, I am getting ten times the performance on my Java apps - ten times! I would have liked a Merom, but I also wanted a computer to do my work on between March and August, and thus I really could not wait.

So, speaking as one owner, it does not bug me that a successor with perhaps half again the speed is coming out in the next month or two. I got a factor of ten speed boost for six months, and that is what I needed.

(NB - Java apps benefit more than many others, as the server VM was not available for the PPC, and thus you get both the boost from -server and the speed boost from the new CPU.)

Scott


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