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.