Live from San Francisco, the Boss, David Ross reports on Intel's plans for its quad core processors.
Intel are going to launch Kentsfield in the following timeframes.
In November we'll see a Core2 Extreme part, clocked at 2.67GHz, with a model name of QX6700. Come Q1 of 2007 Core2Quad mainstream parts will make an appearance, with 2.16GHz and 2.4GHz parts appearing.
In camp Xeon, there'll be a mass market Xeon 5300 available about the same time as QX6700. In Q1 of next year, a 50W Xeon will become available. That's 40% lower power consumption than this year's part.
Kentsfield isn't a true quad-core CPU in the sense that there won't be four cores on a single die. Instead, it'll be two dies, stuck together on the same packaging. Each core will have 2MiB of cache to play with. The QX6700 will have a TDP of 130W (eek), although the tamer parts will be closer to 100W.