Intel to ship 1M quad-cores before AMD ships first

Written by Tim Smalley

September 27, 2006 | 20:20

Tags: #2 #chips #core #extreme #gelsinger #k8l #kentsfield #quad #qx6700 #ship #shipping

Companies: #amd #intel

Earlier today, Pat Gelsinger stated that Intel is set to ship at least one million quad-core processors before AMD manages to ship its first.

The first desktop quad-core processor - the Core 2 Extreme QX6700, based on the Kentsfield core - will be released in November. More affordable Core 2 Quad processors clocked at 2.40GHz, 2.16GHz and 1.86GHz will follow in 2007.

On the other hand, AMD doesn't plan to ship its own K8L quad-core processors until later in 2007, despite the fact that CEO Hector Ruiz has said that the company will demonstrate K8L before the end of the year.

Gelsinger's statement comes as no surprise, considering that AMD is behind in the race to get the first quad-core processors on the market. However, AMD's K8L processor will be the first native quad-core implementation, as Intel is pairing two Conroe chips on one CPU package in order to be the first.

It will be a while before Intel moves to a native quad-core architecture and the jury is still out on the Kentsfield processor. The two pairs of cores will communicate via the northbridge, so that raises one potential performance bottleneck. Though, with technologies like Intel's Advanced Smart Cache, it is questionable whether the bottleneck will actually materialise into anything more than a rumour.

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