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More Quad-Cores

Intel expands Quad-Core portfolio to single-processor servers and workstations

January 8, 2007 - Today at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Intel introduced three more Quad-Core processors.

The new X3210 and X3220 CPU's run at 2.13 and 2.4 GHz, respectively, and both feature a total of 8 Mbyte of L2 cache. Without support for multi-processor configurations (Symmetric Multi-Processing, SMP), the Xeon Quad-Core 3200 series will be found in low-end single-socket servers and workstations.

The third processor launched today is the first to carry the Core 2 Quad brand, and is available for end-users immediately. This Q6600 CPU, running at 2.4 GHz, will specifically benefit multi-media systems running digital video and multi-tasking software applications running several threads simultaneously.

Quad-Cores and Quad-Cores

Intel at CES 2007 With this introduction, Intel expands its Quad-Core portfolio to nine processor versions. All of these consist of two dies with two cores on each, and a two-by-two shared L2 cache.

Competitor AMD will introduce its first Quad-Cores later this year. Where Intel glues two Dual-Core dies together using the existing SMP facilities (Symmetrical Multi-Processing) to fit in a single socket (Dual-Chip Module, DCM), AMD's Barcelona processors will actually come with four cores on a single die.

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