Intel Expects 75% Of Its Processors To Be Dual-Core Next Year
Chipmaker will speed the transition with a slate of products later this year.
The computer industry's transition to dual-core processors looks ready to move into full-scale mode later this year as Intel rolls out offerings across its product portfolio for PCs and servers. Intel anticipates about three-quarters of all its shipments by the end of 2006 will be dual-core versions.
Intel has more than 15 dual- and multicore projects under way. "The transition starts in the second quarter of 2005, and over a two-year time period, substantially all our platforms will move to dual cores," Stephen Smith, VP in Intel's digital enterprise group, said at the Intel Developer Forum Tuesday.
Single-core and dual-core offerings will co-exist over the next couple of years, Smith said, with the dual-core offerings representing the high-end of Intel's price-performance curve. By the end of next year, however, dual-core shipments are expected to total 70% of all desktop and mobile processors, and 85% of all server processors. Dual-core processors are a chip with two CPUs.
Intel plans to begin shipping dual-core Pentium Extreme Edition and mainstream dual-core Intel Pentium D processors in the second quarter.
The Pentium Extreme Edition will include the use of two hyperthreads on each core, for a total of four hyperthreads in the processor. The hyperthreads will allow for running multiple instructions simultaneously. The Pentium D will not have hyperthreading initially.
Intel will ship its first dual-core Itanium, code-named Montecito, in the fourth quarter of this year, as well as dual-core Xeon processors. Intel will begin shipping its dual-core mobile processor, code-named Yonah, in the first quarter of 2006, Smith said.
Intel has invested more than $35 billion in capital and R&D since 2000 to bulk up its capacity and lower manufacturing costs. It has four factories already producing 300-mm-sized wafers--the largest currently in use. The larger wafers produce about 2.5 times more chips per wafer than the prior-generation 200-mm wafers, helping to reduce the cost per individual component by 30%, Smith said.
By the end of the decade, Smith added, Intel expects to have devices with as many as four cores running up to eight threads each.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.