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Intel Hones Ship Dates For Dual-Core Server, Quad-Core Chips

Intel is moving up its ship date for Woodcrest, the first dual-core server processor based on its new Core Architecture, a top Intel executive said Tuesday.

Woodcrest will now ship in the third quarter, Tom Kilroy, vice president and general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, said at the Intel Solutions Summit in Scottsdale, Ariz. Intel originally expected to ship the processor in the "late third-quarter or fourth-quarter time frame," he said.

Kilroy also told system builders that the company's quad-core processor, code-named Clovertown, will ship in the first quarter of 2007. Intel had previously pegged that product to ship early next year, though many industry observers said they expected it sometime in the first quarter.

"This is an indication of how serious we are about gaining leadership," Kilroy said. "If you look at where we have lost ground, it has been in the server marketplace."

Intel has been dogged by rival Advanced Micro Devices in the server space, where AMD's processors have earned widespread kudos for better performance and less power consumption than competing Intel chips. AMD more than doubled its server market share in 2005, according to data from Mercury Research. Intel's first dual-core server processors, launched late last year, weren’t well-accepted by the system builder community because of power requirements and performance issues.

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