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Despite of the trend towards multi-core microprocessors, Intel Corp. will continue to boost performance of its dual-core central processing units (CPUs) by increasing their clock-speeds and processor system bus frequencies. According to slides presumably from Intel’s roadmap published by a web-site, desktop Core 2 Duo chips with 1333MHz bus will emerge in the third quarter of 2007.

The slides published by web-site claim that Intel will release Intel Core 2 Duo processors with E6850, E6750 and E6650 with 3.0GHz, 2.66GHz and 2.33GHz clock-speeds respectively and 1333MHz processor system bus in Q3 2007, when appropriate code-named Bearlake-series chipsets become available. The new microprocessors will also support technology called TXT, according to the slides which do not elaborate on the nature of the capability.

The code-named Bearlake-X chipset that will replace the Intel 975X from the top in the Q3 2007 will support PCI Express 2.0 bus with higher – 5.0GHz – clock-speed compared to current 2.5GHz, two PCI Express x16 lanes, dual-channel PC2-6400 (DDR2 800MHz) and PC3-10600 (DDR3 1333MHz) memory. Other members of the Bearlake family will also support central processing units (CPUs) with 1333MHz PSB, but they may not necessarily support multi-GPU capabilities as well as PC3-10600 (DDR3 1333MHz) memory, limiting maximum memory speed to PC3-8500 (DDR3 1066MHz),

The pictures also mention Core 2 Quad Q6600 as well as Core 2 Extreme QX6700 microprocessors with four processing engines. Nevertheless, the slides do not reflect Intel’s “second generation” quad-core CPUs that are due to become available in the second half of 2007.

Intel’s increase of dual-core central processing units’ clock-speed emphasizes Intel’s plan to retain quad-core microprocessors in the higher-end segment, whereas mainstream chips will continue to feature two cores.


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So there won't be an XE for the Conroe-refresh? What role will Penryn (also in Q3 2007) play? Will Wolfdale/Yorkfield then launch solely under the Extreme badging with the Conroe-refresh targeted at the mainstream market? I realize some of these questions can't be answered yet, but I'm confused by Intel's mid-2007 strategy. I had assumed Penryn (with the dual-core Wolfdale and quad-core Yorkfield) would be Intel's response to AMD's K8L-based Antares/Altair (also planned Q2/Q3 2007). What do others think?
0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 10/17/06 04:20:17 PM]
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yorkfield is not dual core nor quad core but octo-cores.
that 8 baby, 8!

I think you mean Ridgefield. :)

0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 10/17/06 06:46:56 PM]

Q3 2007 is very late. Currently Intel is launching 6 months in advance what they announce.

i.e: The first of 15 CPUs based on 45nm manufacturing process will be released by Intel this year instead of H2 2007 (as announced previously).

The same with Quad Core 2 Duo. It was announced to be released in 2007 and now, we will able to get one this year.

I think this kind of Intel actions is to mislead AMD.

Indeed, Intel want to displace AMD. They have found and technology to do not allow the recent (Q1 and Q2 2006) advantage of AMD with Opteron and X2 64.

Intel is going to take the plunge playing with the time of launching new products and AMD weapons are going to be lesser.

Because of this, AMD purchased ATI, to be competitive and number one in GCPUs, because the battle of selling CPUs is lost in advance if they cannot launch power products at time. (65nm's so powerful as Duo and Quad Intel CPUs)

65nm lauching on Q3 or Q4 is very late for AMD.

0 0 [Posted by:  | Date: 10/18/06 02:35:01 PM]


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