Intel reveals first glimpse of quad-core ‘Clovertown’ chip coming later this year

“Just as the bragging rights for dual-core chip supremacy are dying down, Intel gave the first glimpse of a quad-core chip coming next year,” Michael Kanellos reports for CNET News. “Clovertown, a four-core processor, will start shipping to computer manufacturers late this year and hit the market in early 2007. Clovertown will be made for dual-processor servers, which means that these servers will essentially be eight-processor servers (two processors x four cores each).”

“Core expansion will be a dominant theme for Intel over the next few years, said Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner. By the end of the decade, chips with tens of cores will be possible, while in 10 years, it’s theoretically possible that chips with hundreds of cores will come out, he added,” Kanellos reports. “Rattner showed off a computer running two Clovertown processors… Clovertown and Tigerton are members of a new chip architecture coming from Intel at the end of the year. A notebook chip called Merom and a desktop chip called Conroe coming out around the same time will be based on the same architecture. Intel will give the architecture a name at the Intel Developer Forum taking place in March. Rattner indicated that Merom and Conroe will only be dual-core chips, as many analysts expect.”

“At around the same time, after all, Intel will release Woodcrest, a dual core server chip based around the same Merom-Conroe-Tigerton-Clovertown architecture. It will contain only two cores and consume 80 watts of power, less than the 165-watt server chips Intel sells now,” Kanellos reports. “A large financial institution is currently running servers on an experimental basis with Woodcrest chips, Rattner said.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews reader “Andy C.” for the heads up.]

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28 Comments

  1. Assuming Apple builds these quad core ships into the XServe, if Virginia Tech upgrades their 1100 XServes to new Intel based ones at the beginning of 2007, they’ll be able to have 8800 cores in the same amount of space 2200 take up now.

    If Apple puts 4 quad core Tigerton processors in the XServe, Virginia Tech could build a 17600 core machine in the same amount of space.

    Is it just me, or is Moore’s law falling behind?

    Next up: Apple blade servers. If they are serious about the server market, they’ll release XServe blades in 2007. For those who don’t know what a blade server is: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_server

  2. Anyone look at the http://www.top500.org supercomputer ranking recently? Apple has 4 systems in the top 500 now, up from 0 a couple years ago. Although they no longer hold any of the top 10 spots, they have 2 in the top 20. It’s nice to see, but they are going to have to push a little harder in the server space if they want to stay relevant. The current XServes are looking a little dated…

  3. Tom Ferguson–

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  4. Does anyone have the foggiest idea how low the yield will be and the increased costs and breakdown potential of these new quad cores will be?

    I’ll wait until a dual – quad core processor Mactel Tower Pro comes out before I give up my PPC machine.

  5. Why just Xserves? Sounds like these chips would be ideal for the PowerMac replacement. 8 processors in one machine would go a long way to revive the professional line for Apple.

  6. “Rattner showed off a computer running two Clovertown processors.

    Multiplying the number of cores brings distinct advantages. First, it cuts down overall energy consumption for equivalent levels of performance. If the recent Core Duo chips released for notebooks from Intel had only one core, the chips would consume far more power, he said.”

    Sounds counter-intuitive, but if true maybe the iBooks will also use core-duo chips. Doesn’t make sense to put a single core chip in a laptop if it is going to consume more power.

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