Intel 2007 Transition Guide
February 1, 2007 8:43 AM
comment(s) - last by
Intel's 2007 guidance outlines the projected volume of each SKU by the end of the year
Intel's latest partner guidance revealed the shipment numbers it projects for 2007.
Two immediate things jump out for desktop projections: by Q4 2007, more than 85% of processor shipments will be at least dual-core; and by Q4 2007 the company only expects 5% of its desktop shipments to transition to quad-core.
Not only will dual-core take the center stage by Q4, but the company's guidance is also very clear about removing all 90nm SKUs before then as well -- no more Pentium D, Pentium 4, or Celeron D. This means there will only be four major components floating around in the channel and for OEMs: 65nm quad-core processors (Core 2 Extreme and Core 2 Quad), 65nm dual-core processors (Core 2 Duo), 65nm single-core Pentium E2000 and 65nm single-core Celeron 400.
All of these processors are in some way
derivatives. This is a large departure from Intel's 2006 channel where we had some 65nm
processors, a few 90nm
derivatives and all the Core 2 Duo SKUs. 2008 will really be the first year in several where Intel will only support two generations of processors:
Intel's guidance expects approximately 5% of its Q4 2007 desktop market to transition to quad-core, approximately 70% to transition to dual-core Core 2 Duo, 20% to transition to single-core Pentium E2000 and the rest to fill in the single-core Celeron 400, which is really just the same as Pentium E2000 with half the L2 cache.
For the mobile business, the transition guide is much murkier. Intel's guidance suggests that the company will even support the 90nm
CPU in Q4 2007, though Core 2 Duo will assume 90% of the company's mobile volume by that time. The rest of the market will fill in with legacy
Intel's guidance for Q4 2007 on servers is also very clear: the company expects a 70-30 split between quad-core Clovertown and dual-core Woodcrest. Where quad-core will only consume a small portion of the desktop market, the server market will be almost entirely dominated by quad-core.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Great to see dual core mainstream
2/1/2007 2:35:30 PM
I agree with Thorburn, and I would add to that 2 points:
1. Windows doesn't know any difference between virtual cores due to HT and true cores. To Windows, they are all the same. How do I know that? Because SMT support was included in Windows before Intel came out with HT, and when HT came out, it "just worked" with Windows without any changes.
2. Most apps use some operating system resources (ok, all apps do, really). So, even if I have an app that runs a single thread, it will be doing things like allocating memory, reading/writing files, drawing graphics, etc., and the operating system will tend to schedule threads associated with these activities onto other processor cores if the application's thread is busy. This scheduling is a natural part of Windows' support for SMT in terms of balancing the load across the available cores. And of course, as Thorburn already noted, almost no apps are truly single-threaded. Even if you wrote a truly single-threaded app whose GUI locked when it did work (bad idea), the libraries that your app uses probably have some of their own threads, separate from the OS threads I already mentioned.
"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
Life With "Penryn"
January 27, 2007, 12:01 AM
SanDisk Unveils Pricey iXpand USB 2.0/Lightning Drive to Expand iPhone, iPad Storage
November 13, 2014, 2:29 PM
HP's 15.6" Omen Gaming Laptop is Incredibly Thin, Powerful
November 4, 2014, 10:34 AM
Tim Cook Touts Apple’s Product Portfolio, Performance in Letter to Employees
October 21, 2014, 8:05 AM
Lenovo Once Again The Top Global PC Maker, Apple Takes 50% of PC Profits
October 9, 2014, 7:46 AM
It’s Official: HP to Split Into Two Business Units
October 6, 2014, 8:14 AM
Quick Note: HP Plans to Split PC, Enterprise Units
October 5, 2014, 4:31 PM
Most Popular Articles
Austrian Pilots Call Surface 3 Pro Flight Bag a "Dream Come True"
November 14, 2014, 2:00 PM
Wal-Mart: Miss Thanksgiving, Get Xbox One + Master Chief Collection for $299
November 17, 2014, 9:40 PM
Nokia Explores Two Paths Back to the Smartphone Market
November 14, 2014, 9:05 PM
It's Official: Twitter is Profitable "Junk"
November 16, 2014, 10:45 PM
U.S. Marshals Using Fake, Airplane-based Cell Towers to Scan Cell Phones of Americans
November 14, 2014, 9:05 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
Space Terrorism is a Looming Threat For the United States
Apr 23, 2014, 7:47 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information