Intel pimps dual cores at IDF

— 3:28 AM on September 8, 2004

Xbit Labs has the goods from the first day of the Intel Developer Forum. Xbit's coverage details Intel's plans for WiMAX, the digital home, and dual- and multi-core processor architectures. The keynote's highlight was demo of Intel's upcoming "Montecito" Itanium processor. Montecito has two cores per die, with Hyper-Threading for each core. Intel was showing off a four-way Montecito system that, thanks to dual cores and Hyper-Threading, served up 16 virtual processors.

Intel's dual-core strategy covers more than just big iron Itaniums, though. According to The Inquirer's coverage, Intel will be shipping dual-core server, desktop, and mobile processors in 2005. AMD has already promised dual-core Opterons for next year, but with Intel pushing dual cores across the board, things could get very interesting.

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