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Four 2.66GHz Intel CPUs on a single package for just a grand

Intel's newest roadmap started making the rounds last week, and the headline title across the roadmap was absolutely Kentsfield, Intel's upcoming quad-core processor.  During last month's investor call, Intel CEO Paul Otellini announced the chips would be shipping this year, as opposed to Q1'07 that was originally slated on the roadmap.

Now a few additional details of Kentsfield have slipped out.  Intel's most recent roadmap claims Kentsfield, which will ship as a Core 2 Extreme branded processor, will run each core at 2.66GHz and a 1066MHz front-side bus.  Essentially, the processor is two Core 2 Duo E6700 processors packaged onto a single CPU.

There is no announced ship date of Kentsfield yet, though Intel has announced that the processor will ship for $999 -- the same as every other "Extreme" processor the company has announced.  Intel has no price cuts for the E6700 processor planned until after the quad-core Kentsfield launch as well.  Since the E6700 has a distributor price of $530, the Kentsfield actually offers some discount for the second core.

Absentees from Intel's roadmaps include a 3.2GHz Core 2 Extreme processor.  The company officially stated that such a processor would follow the existing 2.93GHz Core 2 Extreme that is available today.  However, it seems fairly evident that the quad-core Kentsfield has
supplanted any new dual-core Extreme processors.

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RE: Fast Forward?
By Tom Tom on 8/18/2006 9:23:08 AM , Rating: 2
Where did you get your 8-10% increase figures from? The engineers at AMD have stated they expect a 40% increase in transistor performance from the shrink to 65nm. In addition some cpus are going to see a 60% performance per watt increse in 07.
"As AMD moves to 65nm, Intel will most likely have already moved to a 40nm process"
They better be ramping their 45nm right now cause AMDs ramping 65 now and shipping by Q4. AMD also stated they are going to 45nm in 08, only months behind Intel.

RE: Fast Forward?
By zsdersw on 8/18/2006 1:39:19 PM , Rating: 2
An increase in transistor performance of 40% does not necessarily translate into an overall performance bump of anywhere near 40%.

RE: Fast Forward?
By Tom Tom on 8/19/2006 8:54:03 PM , Rating: 2
"An increase in transistor performance of 40% does not necessarily translate into an overall performance bump of anywhere near 40%."

I didnt say it did, but I did say they claim they will see a 60% performance per Watt increase.

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