Intel pimps dual cores at IDF

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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