March 1, 2005

Intel's First Dual-Core Chip 'Smithfield' to Ship as Pentium D

The Register is reporting that Intel's first dual-core chip will be called the Pentium D and will launch next quarter. The Pentium D is missing HyperThreading. HyperThreading will only be available on the dual-core Pentium Extreme Edition, it will be used to differentiate between the D and EE varieties. Intel spoke of the EE as a "four-thread" processor and the D as a "two-thread" chip. The EE dual-core chip will run 50-65 percent faster then it's single-core brother.


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