PodTech News Exclusive: Intel’s New Quad Core a Coup for Web 2.0 and Beyond

February 11th, 2006 |
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Exclusive PodTech Podcast with Intel’s CTO Justin Rattner.

Computing Industry Leaps to Parallelism with Intel’s “Clovertown” Quad Core

Intel Demos for the first time the Quad-core processor establishing the new standard in computing and energy efficient performance.

SAN FRANCISCO, February 10, 2006 (PodTech News) The semiconductor maker Intel unveiled a new chip technology, called Quad-Core, which promises to improve the capabilities of computers to process multiple tasks at once. Intel demonstrated the new processor, code-named Clovertown, for the first time at a San Francisco briefing on Friday before a group of journalists.

Clovertown technology is not expected to be available until 2007. The first machines to incorporate Quad-Core would be servers, but microprocessors with the technology are expected to eventually power personal computers. Intel says the era of seeking faster chips has given way to developing computer hardware that can perform more functions. Consequently, Quad-Core is just but one step on the path toward chips with even more processors.

“We’re looking at developing multi-core chips that follow Moore’s Law the way Pentium’s did,” Justin Rattner, Intel’s Chief Technology Officer told PodTech News in an exclusive podcast interview. “As we moved our focus toward energy efficiency we found we couldn’t achieve the desired efficiency without moving to multi-core.”

Intel says the roadmap for its multi-core strategy includes all areas of computing such as scientific and multi-media applications for enterprise and consumer uses.

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Michael Kanellos was invited to the briefing and has a piece on CNET.

Justin Rattner’s blog

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