by Anton Shilov
07/23/2009 | 05:52 PM
Even though there have been rather optimistic predictions regarding the release of six-core central processing unit code-named “Gulftown” this year, the launch of the chips is still scheduled on the second quarter of 2010.
Based on the documents seen by X-bit labs, quad-core Intel Core i7 975 processor will be the hill of desktop computing from Intel till the second quarter of 2009, when the code-named Gulftown processor is set to be unveiled.
Intel Gulftown processors – which will be drop-in compatible with LGA1366 infrastructure – will have six physical cores with Hyper-Threading technology enabled, thus, capable of processing up to twelve threads at the same time.
The Gulftown chip belongs to Westmere family of microprocessors that have some micro-architectural advantages over currently available Core i7 processors that belong to Nehalem family. Gulftown will significantly boost performance of the microprocessors while staying in the same thermal envelope of 130W.
Intel did not comment on the news-story.