Intel's dual-core Xeon due in 2006

Intel's first dual-core Xeon processor is scheduled to arrive in the first quarter of 2006, a company executive said Monday, meaning that a competing chip from rival Advanced Micro Devices will likely arrive several months earlier.

Intel had said in September that dual-core processors for desktop, laptop and server computers would arrive in 2005. However, it now appears that the only dual-core server chips coming from the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company will be a "Montecito" member of the Itanium family, not a member of the vastly more widespread x86 family that includes Xeon.

Specifically, Intel will release a dual-core, dual-processor model in the first quarter of 2006, said Richard Dracott, general manager of marketing and planning for Intel's enterprise platforms group. Later that year, Intel will release another model with power-saving features geared for the confined quarters of thin rack-mounted servers and thinner blade servers, he said.

News source: C|Net News.com

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