Intel's Dual-Core Xeon to See the Light in 2006

@ 2004/10/21
Intel Corporation announced on Tuesday a detail of its roadmap that causes some products to be delayed substantially from the originally designated timeframes, saying that the company’s multi-core processors for mainstream servers – Intel Xeon – with two processing cores, will emerge in 2006.

Intel’s original plans included the release of single-core code-named Jayhawk Xeon processor in the first half of 2005. The Jayhawk was expected to be a superset of the currently shipping Nocona chip with some tweaks on the architecture levels. The Jayhawk core was projected to boast the same micro-architecture as a desktop chip code-named Tejas that would continue quantitative and qualitative boosts of NetBurst specifications. The chip were projected to have 24KB L1 cache, 16K uOps Trace Cache, 1MB L2 cache, a more efficient branch prediction mechanism, a new set of instructions known as “Tejas New Instructions” as well as improved Hyper-Threading organization and so on. Both Tejas and Jayhawk projects were cancelled earlier this year in order to concentrate forces on dual-core products presumably targeted for release at roughly the same timeframes the Tejas and Jayhawk were supposed to be out at. However, it appeared that the firm did not want the observers to expect Xeon dual-core products in 2005.

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