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Core Duo and Pentium D owners can now enjoy conferencing with up to 10 people

This is even more reason to buy an Intel Core Duo or Pentium D processor, right? Intel claims that versions of Skype 2.0 and higher will be able to support conference calls with up to 10 people only if you are using an Intel dual-core processor.

This feature takes advantage of multi-tasking capabilities using Intel's revolutionary new dual-core technology. Without impacting performance, you can make calls while simultaneously running programs such as email, word processing, multimedia applications, virus scan and more.

EETimes reports that even more Intel-specific optimizations are on the way:

The two companies are planning additional feature extensions and optimization of Skype for Intel’s dual-core processors, Skype said. Later this year, Skype will release video calling optimized for Intel dual-core technology, the company added.

So should AMD dual-core owners feel left out? Probably not. It's doubtful that many would be using Skype to conference with 10 anyway. And even if you would pursue the feature, I'm sure that there will be some hack/crack to enable the feature in the near future...

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By jkresh on 2/8/2006 2:36:29 PM , Rating: 2
Looking at the EEtimes article it appears that skype may actualy be disabling features on a amd processor. However, if you look at intels press release I am not sure. I think they are saying it works with Intel Dual core to say that a single core cpu couldnt handle it, not to say that a dual core cpu from another vender would, (why would intel say anything positive about amd in their press release anyway). So I suspect that is being blown out of proportion and nothing actualy is in place to stop it from working on AMD.

RE: Misinterpretation
By Plasmoid on 2/8/2006 3:32:50 PM , Rating: 2
Call me a hopless optimist but i have to agree with you.

2 months ago Intel released SMP patches for Call Of Duty 2 and Quake to give them better performance on there dual-core cpu's, but it worked exactly the same on AMD cpu's (badly in many cases that is)
In that case it really was confusing why Intel did that. After all, the patch supposidly came about because those games were releases on the xbox 360. But the xbox 360 uses an IBM cpu, so Intel would have had no involvement.

Intel did it to boost the sales of there dual core cpu's but they didnt limit the patch to intel chips, after all that would have been difficult and controversial.
Im guessing the exact same thing happened here, but Intel certainly arent going to make mention that AMD chips can do it too, and probably made sure that Skype towed the line.

RE: Misinterpretation
By Griswold on 2/9/2006 6:06:55 AM , Rating: 2
2 months ago Intel released SMP patches for Call Of Duty 2 and Quake

Intel did not release anything. It was the makers of these games who release them (beta) patches 2 months ago. Intel only worked closely with them - have to give them credit for that. No idea why AMD doesnt do stuff like that. However, game producers wont be dumb enough to exclude the AMD user base with pathetic limitations like that. They would hurt themselves too much.

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