WSJ.com - Intel Hastens Delivery of Chips Amid Increasing Competition: "Intel Corp. detailed plans for giving personal computers the equivalent of two electronic brains, the latest sign of pressures that are forcing companies to roll out technology quickly.
The company said it will deliver two separate kinds of 'dual-core' microprocessors for desktop computers in the second quarter. Intel also said those chips will process 64 bits of data at a time, a capability that allows computers to exploit much more memory than existing 32-bit chips. Intel previously said it would have dual-core chips and 64-bit technology sometime in 2005, prompting speculation that such features would arrive late this year.
Chips with multiple processors are among many performance-enhancing technologies discussed yesterday at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco. A closely watched example of the trend is Cell, a chip being designed jointly by International Business Machines Corp., Sony Corp. and Toshiba Inc."