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Intel officially ships dual-core processor, chipset for it

Today Intel officially announced that Alienware, Dell and Velocity Micro launched sales of new PCs and workstations on company´s dual-core processors.

The first dual-core platform includes Intel Pentium XE 840 3.2GHz CPU and Intel® 955X Express chipset.

Intel Pentium XE 840:

  • 3.2GHz clock rate
  • 800MHz FSB
  • 2MB L2 cache (1MB per each core)
  • Intel Extended Memory 64
  • Hyper-Threading
  • Execute Disable Bit
  • 206mm² crystal size
  • 230M transistors
  • 90nm process

Intel 955X Express:

  • 800/1066MHz FSB
  • Up to 8GB of dual-channel DDR2-667/533 memory with ECC
  • Intel Memory Pipeline
  • PCI-Express x16
  • 6 x PCI-Express x1
  • 8 x USB 2.0
  • Intel High Definition Audio 7.1
  • 4 x Serial ATA II
  • Intel Matrix Storage
  • RAID 0, 1, 5, 10 and Intel Matrix RAID
  • Advanced Host Controller Interface (AHCI)

In 1,000-unit quantities Intel Pentium Extreme Edition 840 costs $999, while Intel 955X Express is priced $50.

Source: Intel

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