Multicore processors already a norm
Multicore processors become a natural standard of our life. Firstly, two days ago Intel finished the pilot stage of multicore CPU production and published the corresponding production plans, which signifies the dawn of a new age in PC history.
In Q2 2005 Intel is going to introduce two new Intel Pentium CPUs, including Extreme Edition modifications, which will feature two cores and are supported by two new chipsets. Intel Pentium Extreme Edition solutions will utilize Hyper-Threading (HT) technology to simultaneously handle 4 software threads.
Systems on dual-core Intel Pentium Extreme Edition CPUs will be positioned for gaming enthusiasts that need the utmost power for everything they are into (and have enough money to buy it, by the way). Intel Pentium Extreme Edition systems will work in newer Intel 955X Express chipsets previously codenamed Glenwood. These novelties will support Intel High Definition Audio, PCI Express, and, of course, DDR2 SDRAM. Also in Q2 the company will introduce a mainstream processor currently codenamed Smithfield. It will be supported by the new Intel 945G Express and Intel 945P Express chipsets previously codenamed Lakeport.
Secondly, at ISSCC (IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference) IBM showcased the first samples of the 9-core Cell processor.
Sources: Intel, PC Watch
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