New Intel Processors Expand Quad-Core PC, Server Line-Ups

Intel Corporation has formally introduced three more quad-core processors, including the first to carry the Intel Core2 Quad processor brand name that begins the expansion of quad-core PC sales to mainstream buyers. Intel now offers a total of nine quad-core processor versions in the desktop and enterprise market segments.

The Intel Core 2 Quad processor packs four brains in every PC and delivers the immense speed and responsiveness that is increasingly required to process today’s most demanding media-intensive applications. This processor is available in PCs and in the reseller channel immediately. Intel also announced two quad-core processors for single-socket servers. The recent announcement builds on the company’s revolutionary Intel Core 2 Duo and quad-core microprocessor families, with 29 dual and quad-core processors for sale in the desktop PC, laptop and server market segments.

“Today Intel delivers another breakthrough – quad-core technology for anyone’s PC,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. “The performance once requiring a supercomputer is now on the desktop, allowing you to do new and amazing things.”

Intel’s multi-core processors are designed to enhance the computer user’s experience from start to finish. These microprocessors, which are based on the Intel Core microarchitecture, target performance desktop and gaming PCs and will benefit from highly threaded software applications that target these market segments. Intel is actively working with software developers on threading applications and next-generation games that will be able to take advantage of quad-core microprocessors. The four cores make quad-core based computers the ideal choice for processor intensive, highly threaded applications such as Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro 2.0, Windows Media Encoder, Snapstream and Win DVD. Combined with the availability of Microsoft Windows Vista, this launch marks a rare occurrence in which new processors and a new operating system hit the market about the same time.

In addition to new levels of performance, these products bring consumers multitasking capabilities that enhance the way they create, experience and enjoy digital entertainment. Computers with the Intel Core 2 Quad processor are excellent for high-definition video entertainment and are multimedia powerhouses for demanding software applications run simultaneously. With four compute cores, the processor is uniquely designed for running multiple digital streams throughout the home – making it the ultimate entertainment engine for Intel Viiv technology-based PCs.

New Quad-Core Server Processors
Intel also introduced today the Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor 3200 series for single-socket servers. Built on the Intel Core microarchitecture, these products will bring new levels of energy-efficient performance to entry server applications such as e-mail, Web, file and print. Two new processors are available today with clock speeds of 2.4 and 2.13 GHz with a 1066 front side bus and 8 MB of L2 cache.

Intel has made this next step in the computer’s ongoing evolution as fast and easy as possible through continued investment in silicon process and manufacturing technology. Intel’s advanced processes can help reduce the amount of energy required to run computers and “shrink” a processor’s make-up to place multiple cores inside one product at more affordable prices.

Pricing and Availability
The new Intel Core 2 Quad processor Q6600 (2.4GHz) has been announced and is currently being demonstrated at CES. It is available now at $851 in 1KU quantities. Quad-Core Intel Xeon processor pricing includes the X3220 (2.4GHz) at $851 and the Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor X3210 (2.13GHz) at $690.

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