Intel's first dual-core chip shipping now

Intel has begun volume shipments of the Pentium Extreme Edition 840 processor, the company's first dual-core processor, a company executive said Monday. The chips are being shipped to hardware makers ahead of an official launch, which is expected to take place soon.

"The launch will be in the immediate future," said Abhi Talwalkar, vice president and general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, speaking with reporters at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Taipei. He said Intel's dual-core announcement was "imminent."

Intel and Advanced Micro Devices are both close to launching dual-core processors based on the x86 instruction set. AMD is likely to be first, with the launch of its first dual-core Opteron processors expected on April 21. The date marks the two-year anniversary of the introduction of Opteron, which was AMD's first 64-bit chip.

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News source: InfoWorld

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