According to this information over at the DailyTech, Intel are ahead of schedule with their "Kentsfield" and "Clovertown" quad-core processors, now supposedly set for launch sometime in Q4 this year. Not only that, but "Tulsa" and "Memrom" are expected to be surfacing around the same time.
Yesterday during Intel's Q2'06 earnings report, Intel CEO Paul Otellini revealed that Intel has moved up its launch schedule for quad-core processors to Q4 2006 instead of Q1 2007 as originally announced by Intel in roadmaps and public relations.
Otellini claimed "We notified customers that we're pulling in both a desktop and server of the first quad-core processors into the fourth quarter of this year from the first half of 2007." These two processors, dubbed Kentsfield and Clovertown, respectively, are essentially twin-die packages of Core 2 Duo.
In an effort to level up the playing field, AMD are planning to demonstrate their native quad-core solution (K8L) before the year's out as well. Once again the DailyTech have the scoop.
Yesterday during AMD's Q2'06 earnings conference call, AMD's President and Chief Operating Officer Dirk Meyer recapped the long term plans for the company. Although the bulk of his comments were already stated in during the June AMD Analyst's Day, Meyer also added the tidbit that the company plans "to demonstration our next-generation processor core, in a native quad-core implementation before the end of the year." Earlier this year, AMD's Executive Vice President Henri Richard claimed this native-quad core processor would be called K8L.