Paul Otellini, chief executive of the world's largest x86 microprocessor maker Intel Corp. said that his company was on track to ship one million of central processing units with four cores by mid-2007. The company did not reveal how many of quad-core chips will be shipped throughout the year, but earlier it was estimated that there will be millions supplied. "We continued to advance our technology in Q4 by launching the industry's first quad-core processors for volume servers and PCs. We launched nine different versions, including the first Core 2 Quad processors for mainstream PCs, and we are well on track to deliver 1 million quad-core processors by the middle of 2007," Paul Otellini said during a conference call with financial analysts.
Currently the world's largest maker of chips offers Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 and Intel Core 2 Extreme QX6800 for desktops, which are priced at $851 and $999, respectively. In addition, the company ships five dual-core Intel Xeon X5355, E5345, E5335, E5320 and E5310 microprocessors for dual-socket server and workstation systems as well as two Intel Xeon chips X3220 and X3210 for single-processor systems. Earlier it was reported that quad-core microprocessors' share among Intel's desktop shipments will be only 3% in 2007, which is a very significant number, in fact.