Intel and AMD are preparing to release new multi-core microprocessors in the second half of 2007.
While high-performance system builders are excited about potential performance gains, those serving broader markets are wondering when operating systems and applications will catch up. While Intel is set to release four additions to its Core 2 Duo Processor line on July 22, it's the debut much later in the year of the product codenamed Penryn that has specialized system builders abuzz. Penryn, the successor to the Merom core now used for the chip giant's Core 2 Duo T5000/T7000 series mobile processors, will mark the debut of Intel's version of the 45 nanometer process, the latest milestone in semiconductor fabrication.
No release date has been set, but Penryn will ship in "the latter half of the second half" of 2007, said Steve Dallman, general manager of Intel's Worldwide Reseller Channel Organization. Desktop and quad core versions of the processor are codenamed Wolfdale and Yorkfield and are scheduled for release in 2008. The release of Penryn has been timed to ensure that motherboards and Intel's 3 Series chipsets are in place to support the new processors, Dallman said.