CNET News.com reports that Intel's upcoming quad-core processors—Kentsfield, Clovertown, and Tigerton—will in fact be two dual-core chips in the same package that use the front side bus to communicate with each other. An analyst with Insight64 predicted this last week, and claimed that the move would result in poor performance compared to AMD's planned quad-core designs, which should feature four interconnected cores on the same die.
Intel is reportedly trying to get quad-core chips ready for release in the first quarter of 2007 in order to successfully compete with AMD's quad-core Opterons, which are due out in the same time frame. Intel expects to move to 45nm in the second half of 2007, at which point it should be able to come out with "true" quad-core chips.
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