Intel Core 2 Duo chips are unveiled Thursday. Xeon systems with eight cores will be released this year
Intel will officially launch its Core 2 Duo processors jointly on Thursday. Conroe, for desktops, and Merom, for laptops, are 64-bit processors that hope to find their way into future Mac systems.
Both processors will be released in single socket configurations, which means that multiple Core 2 Duo processor configurations, which will drive systems with four cores or more, will not be available at first. It’s unclear when Intel plans to roll out multiple socket versions of the Core 2 Duo processors.
The Mac Pro, the successor to Apple’s Intel-based Mac G5 due to launch early next month at the company’s Worldwide Developers Conference, is expected to carry Intel’s new dual-core class Xeon server, at least in the highest-end configurations. The processor, called Woodcrest, is currently available in dual-socket configurations.
Intel sources have told Think Secret that quad-socket versions of Woodcrest, which would pack 8 processor cores in a single system, are slated for the fourth quarter of this year, around the same time that Intel will introduce its first quad-core processor. , Kentsfield.
Few applications are currently able to take advantage of the extra processing power.