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Processor Wars, Another Battle

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AMD’s quad-core Barcelona chip will become generally available in April, but Intel plays trump with a 6-core processor (Dunnington) to come in 2H 2008.

"We've gone from dual to quad-core while maintaining the same thermal envelope," says AMD. "This is more than just quad-core. It is a significant re-architecture of Opteron, the most significant since we've introduced it."

Intel disclosed several multi-core projects: "Tukwila," world's first 2 billion transistor microprocessor (2X the performance of current Itanium) and “Nehalem,” between two and eight cores and 4X memory bandwidth of today's highest Xeons.

Go Intel MultiCore Strategy 

Go AMD Quad-Core