updated 04:55 pm EST, Wed December 20, 2006
Clovertown, MWSF keynote
Intel is planning to launch its quad-core processor codenamed 'Clovertown' on January 9th of the new year, which coincides with Apple CEO Steve Jobs' planned keynote speech at the Macworld Expo in San Francisco. The announcement will likely fuel rumors that Apple will incorporate the new quad-core technology in a revamped version of its Mac Pro workstation following Intel's rollout. Intel said it will launch the Core 2 Quad chip for high-end desktop computers during the International CES trade show in Las Vegas during the week of January 8th, and that the company plans to target its new chip at a broader segment of mainstream users, according to IDG News.
Intel hopes to recover some of the market share it lost to AMD's dual-core Opteron and Athlon chips in recent months as the two rivals compete for the high-end processor market. AMD has also announced plans of its own improved quad-core 'Barcelona' Opteron chip, which the company says will launch in the second half of 2007. Apple snapped up Intel's Core 2 Duo chips after their debut in late July, utilizing the new processors first in its iMac desktop systems and more recently in its portable notebooks.