Intel Details Dual Core Roadmap

The long awaited Intel roadmaps, which specify details of its shift from the Pentium 4 to dual core processors, have been shown to its OEM customers.

And it appears that when the first "Smithfield" dual core processors are launched in the third quarter of next year, they will be called the x20, the x30 and the x40. An x20 is a twin 1MB L2 cache processor supporting EM64T extensions and the "execute disable" bit. Clock speed for the x20 will be 2.80GHz, for the x30 3GHz and for the x40 3.20GHz - they will have 800MHz system buses and use the LGA775 socket.

Meanwhile, Intel's 630, 640, 650 and 660 processors, which have 2MB of L2 cache and 800MHz system buses, will be launched in the first quarter, but we don't expect to see them in systems until Q2. They will cost $225, $270, $400 and $600 respectively.

News source: The Inq

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