Just as many of us were getting used to using a dual-core processors within our notebooks and desktop machines those folks at Intel have been hard at work producing a new processor previously known by the Intel codename Kentsville. Kentsville, now known as the Core 2 Quad is based upon the Intel Core Microarchitecture and brings quad-core processing to the desktop. It is expected to be available in November and the word on the street is that you'll be able to order machines from the likes of Dell and HP beginning November 2nd 2006.
Intel has indicated however that the first quad-core processors to be available will be the Intel Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor which will likely cost over $1000.00 each given the launch price of the current Extreme dual-core processors. On a happier note though the launch of the quad-core processor should provide a nice price reduction for those interested in purchasing machines with the Intel Core 2 Duo processors.
According to Intel press releases we're also likely to see quad-core in a new line of 5300 series Xeon processors for servers and workstations in 2006 with a low powered version following early in 2007.