Intel fast-tracks quad-core chips

Intel is bringing forward the launch of its quad-core server and desktop processors to this year.

Intel is bringing forward the launch of its quad-core server and desktop processors to this year.

The company had been expected to launch the chips to boost processing speeds in the first half of next year. Instead, they would now first appear in the fourth quarter of this year, said Intel, as it threw down the gauntlet to smaller rival AMD.

Intel's quad-core Xeon server chip is codenamed Clovertown, and the desktop version is known as Kentsfield.

Both Intel and AMD already sell dual-core chips – two processing engines on a single slice of silicon. The quad-core chips consist of two dual-core chips joined together, but with each package plugging into a single processor socket.

AMD is expected to launch its first quad-core chips in mid-2007, but its offering will see all the cores fixed onto a single slice of silicon, potentially improving performance.

Intel has just posted its second-quarter financial results, which saw sales and profits well down on the previous year.


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