Intel shipping of dual-core processors

Intel says it will introduce its new dual-core processors for servers ahead of schedule, with the first products being shipped this year instead of next.

Intel says it will introduce its new dual-core processors for servers ahead of schedule, with the first products being shipped this year instead of next.

Intel plans to introduce the dual-core Intel Xeon processor MP, codenamed Paxville, for servers with four or more processors “later in 2005”. Intel said Paxville will provide more than 60% better performance over previous generations.

Paxville will use the Intel E8500 chipset, which was introduced earlier this year and which has been developed for dual-core performance.

For dual processor servers, Intel plans to ship another dual-core Intel Xeon processor, codename Paxville DP, also in 2005. Paxville DP will deliver up to 50% improved performance over previous generations, and will use the Intel E7520 chipset.

Intel said Paxville DP is targeted at early adopters and evaluators of dual-core technology, and will be followed by a broader family of dual-core Intel Xeon processor-based platforms, codenamed Bensley for servers and Glidewell for workstations.

These later solutions will be available in the first quarter of 2006.

Both 64-bit Paxville and Paxville DP processors will use Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, allowing a single dual-core processor to run four threads simultaneously.

The platforms will also include enhanced security features such as Execute Disable Bit and improved power management like Demand Based Switching.

Intel expects 85% of it server chip shipments in 2006 to be multi-core processors. In addition to the Xeon processors due later this year, Intel started shipping dual-core Intel Pentium processors for single-processor servers last month.

The company said it is on track to begin shipping dual-core Intel Itanium processors by the end of the year.

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