Staying Ahead of Schedule

By John G. Spooner  |  Posted 2006-07-21 Print this article Print

It will also come with Robson Technology, which uses flash memory to cache files and thus can extend battery life by spinning down a notebooks hard drive.

Intel says it also cuts the time it takes a notebook to boot up its OS.
For its part, Intel has put a great deal of emphasis on its ability to ship its Core Architecture processors—which provides the circuitry that underlies chips like Core 2 Duo—ahead of schedule.
Intel aims to continue the trend during the fourth quarter, during which it now plans to deliver its first quad-core chips for desktops and servers. The chip makers CEO, Paul Otellini, told analysts on July 19 that Intel would ship the two quad-core chips—Kentsfield for desktops and Clovertown for servers—in the fourth quarter of 2006, well ahead of its original shipment target of the first half of 2007. Intel has not yet clarified whether the quads will be available for purchase in PCs and servers before the end of the quarter, however. Intel has, at times, shipped processors late in the fourth quarter of one year so that PC makers could begin selling them in new PCs early in the first quarter of the following year. Click here to read more about Intels plans to deliver chips with tens of cores in the future. However, "I dont think Paul would have made that kind of announcement if that was the plan," an Intel spokesman told eWEEK. Intel has offered few details on its two quad-core chips. It has only confirmed that the quads will be made by joining two dual-core chips using special packaging. The technique, which Intel has also used to offer dual-core Pentium chips, has been criticized by some observers, including its rival AMD. AMD said on July 20 that it would demonstrate its first quad-core processors, a chip thats due in mid-2007, before the end of this year. The chip, which is based on new circuitry, was designed to accommodate four processor cores inside it. However, Intel executives have said they see their initial approach to delivering a quad-core chip as a design trade-off, aimed at shortening the time it takes to bring the chip to market. The Intel spokesman declined to say whether or not Intel was also planning to move up its successive future quad-core designs—chips such as Tigerton for multiprocessor servers. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news in desktop and notebook computing.

John G. Spooner John G. Spooner, a senior writer for eWeek, chronicles the PC industry, in addition to covering semiconductors and, on occasion, automotive technology. Prior to joining eWeek in 2005, Mr. Spooner spent more than four years as a staff writer for CNET, where he covered computer hardware. He has also worked as a staff writer for ZDNET News.

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