The world’s largest chipmaker Intel Corp. has unveiled several new quad-core microprocessors at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas Nevada and now offers nine chips for desktop, server and workstation applications that feature four processing engines. With the latest announcements, Intel now offers nine quad-core microprocessors for various market segments: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 for desktops, Intel Xeon X5355, E5345, E5335, E5320 and E5310 microprocessors for dual-socket server and workstation systems as well as Intel Xeon chips X3220 and X3210 for single-processor systems.
Despite of the fact that the newly introduced Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 chip is sold for $851 instead of $531 rumoured previously, Intel considers $851 price-point for a chip normal for “everyone’s PC”, even though several years ago the highest price-point for Intel’s most innovative chips was $637. “Today Intel delivers another breakthrough – quad-core technology for anyone's PC. The performance once requiring a supercomputer is now on the desktop, allowing you to do new and amazing things,” said Intel president and chief executive Paul Otellini.