On Tuesday, Intel, the world’s largest chip maker unveiled its first quad-core microprocessor. The chip maker officially released versions of its four-core server and PC chips.
Last year, the dual-core technology that was launched uses two microprocessors to perform tasks at the same time. However, Intel’s latest Haifa innovation uses quad-core microprocessors, which actually doubles the equation. This further increases the computer processing speeds and energy savings.
According to Intel, the makers of the quad-core processor, “The technology delivers four “computing brains” inside a single microprocessor enabling it to multi-task more effectively.”
Intel is aiming its latest innovation at the high-end market, as the launch sees the introduction of the Quad-Core Xeon 5300 and Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core families for general purpose servers and workstations, digital media creation, high-end gaming and other market segments as well.
According to Intel, the Quad-Core Xeon 5300 servers are able to deliver up to 50 per cent faster performance within the same thermal envelope and at the same cost as the previous generation Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor 5100 series.
Intel released four Xeon processors and also plan on introducing another two lower voltage versions and a processor designed for single socket workstations and servers in the first quarter of 2007.
Speaking about the launch of the second series, Intel said the Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor QX6700 is up to 80 per cent faster than its current Intel Core 2 Extreme Processor X6800. This further boosts its compatibility for multimedia or gaming applications. The company plans to offer a mainstream quad-core processor in the first quarter of 2007 under the brand name Intel Core 2 Quad processor.
“Today’s announcement ushers in another new era in computing,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. “The capabilities of quad-core microprocessors will bring new possibilities for science, entertainment and business.”