Intel introduces quad-core processors
- By Rutrell Yasin
- Nov 14, 2006
Intel Corp. launched today the company's first quad-core processors, which are expected to significantly boost the performance of servers and workstations.
The Quad-Core Intel Xeon 5300 and Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor families essentially deliver four computing brains inside a single microprocessor.
The company began its move to multi-core processors four years ago with Intel Hyper-threading technology. Last year, Intel introduced the industry's first dual-core PC processors.
Intel officials said the company's Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor 5300 series provides more room for server virtualization than any other two-processor, server platform on the market. The new processors deliver up to 50 percent faster performance within the same thermal envelop and at the same cost as the previous generation Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 5100 series, which Intel launched less than five months ago.
The company announced four Intel Xeon processors today with clock speeds ranging from 1.60GHz to 2.66GHz, front side bus speeds ranging from 1066MHz to 1333Mhz, and a thermal design power of either 80 watts or a 120 watt option.
Intel will unveil two more quad-core Xeon processors early next year. The company will introduce a low-voltage version and a processor designed for single-socket workstations and servers, Intel officials said.
Intel officials said the Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor QX6700 is an ideal desktop processor for multimedia applications. It is 80 percent faster than the company's current Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor X6800, officials said.
Intel plans to offer a mainstream quad-core processor starting next year under the Intel Core 2 Quad processor name. It will be geared for programs such as entertainment, gaming and multimedia activities.
Rutrell Yasin is is a freelance technology writer for GCN.