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Intel launches first quad-core chips

Intel officially launched its quad-core chips yesterday, taking the wraps off its Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5300 server processors and its Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core chips for workstations.

Dell, HP, Fujitsu-Siemens and IBM previously announced new server and desktop products to house the new processors, promising much faster processing times for users’ applications. Today, NEC also announced a new workstation platform that will use the quad-core Intel chips.

Paul Otellini, Intel chief executive officer, said, “The capabilities of quad-core microprocessors will bring new possibilities for science, entertainment and business.”

Intel said Fujitsu-Siemens, Dell and HP had all reported record processing speeds using its new chips in lab tests, using industry accepted benchmarks. Four Intel Xeon processors have been launched, with clock speeds ranging from 1.60GHz to 2.66GHz.

In the first quarter of next year, Intel will launch two more quad-core Xeon processors – a low-voltage version for ultra-dense deployments with a thermal design power of only 50W, and a processor designed for single-socket workstations and servers.

The new Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6700 quad-core processor for workstations is said to be 80% faster than Intel’s current Intel Core 2 Extreme X6800 dual-core processor.

Smaller Intel rival AMD plans to launch its first quad-core processors by the middle of next year.

 

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