The majority of Intel's processors will be dual-core by the end of 2006, says the company, promising increasing performance without major tradeoffs.
SAN FRANCISCOIntel is preparing for a quick
ramp of its dual-core processors, predicting that more
than 70 percent of its processors shipping by the end
of 2006 will have two cores on a single die.
Intel Corp. will start rolling out dual-core processors in
the second quarter with the release of the Pentium
Extreme Edition 840 and Pentium D chips, said Stephen
Smith, vice president of Intels Digital Enterprise
Group, on Tuesday at the Intel Developer Forum here.
The Extreme Editionwhich will be paired with the
955X Express chip setwill offer the abilty to run
two threads on each core, Smith said. The 90-nanometer processor also will run up to 3.2GHz and have 1MB of Level 2 cache on each core. It also will be 64-bit enabled.
The Pentium D chip, formerly codenamed Smithfield,
will run a single instruction thread on each core. It
will run with the 945 Express chip set.
Dual-core chips offer two cores on a single silicon
die, offering users more performance without
significantly ramping up energy consumption or heat
In his keynote speech, outgoing CEO Craig
Barrett said dual-core technology offered Intel, of
Santa Clara, Calif., a way of continuing Moores Law
without having to increase the chips frequency.
To read more about Intels dual-core showing at IDF, click here.
In his presentation, Smith gave more details on
Intels dual-core plans. "Montecito" will be the first
64-bit Itanium 2 processor to offer two cores, and
will roll out in late 2005, he said. An Itanium 2 for
two-way systems, code-named Millington, will be
released at about the same time.
In 2006, Intel will release "Montvale" and "DP
Montvale," the next generation of dual-core Itaniums,
and farther out will be "Tukwila"built on the
65-nanometer processand "Dimona."
For the Xeon MP chips, "Paxville" will be released
next year, with "Tulsa," a 65-nanometer chip, coming
out later next year. The Xeon DP "Dempsey" processor
will also be released in 2006.
For the Pentium Extreme Edition, "Presler" will be released
next year. For the traditional Pentium 4, "Cedar Mill"
will also be released in 2006. Presler already is in
production and is being demonstrated at the show.
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For the Pentium M mobile chips, "Yonah" will be in
production this year and officially launched in early
2006, Smith said. Both Yonah and Cedar Mill will come
in both single- and dual-core versions, he said.
Smith said Intel expects that by the end of 2006, 85
percent of server chips shipped will be dual-core. For
desktop and mobile chips, he estimated that number to be
around 70 percent.
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