Intel to Launch Quad-Core Chips This Year

While this doesn't come as any great surprise (especially after AMD's post-Core 2 Duo "4x4" announcement), Intel has nonetheless announced the that a quad-core version of its Core 2 Duo desktop chips (dubbed Kentsfield), as well as a quad-core edition of the Xeon server CPUs (dubbed Clovertown), would be available as early as the end of this year. It seems somewhat weird to me to launch what is essentially a massively-upgraded Core 2 Duo (the new processors are two Conroe or Woodcrest dual-core processors on one chip) so soon after the line was just launched, but that's technology for ya. Start saving now, all ye interested parties; I guarantee that this processor won't be cheap.

[via MacNN]