Intel will officially launch its first dual-core Pentium processors on Monday, coinciding with the official 40th anniversary of Moore's Law. A spokeswoman for Intel said that on Monday OEMs will start shipping systems based on Intel's dual-core processors.
Intel first revealed that it had begun initial shipments of its Pentium Processor Extreme Edition model 840 to customers this past Monday, in an announcement made by company vice president Abhi Talwalker said at a conference in Taiwan. Running at a clock speed of 3.2 GHz, that processor is a high-end, dual-core CPU intended for use in advanced gaming and multimedia PCs that will retail for total systems prices of $1,500 and up.
Intel expects to sell millions of dual-core processors this year. The company's roadmap also includes the 820, 830 and 840 Pentium D processors with a respective clockspeed of 2.8GHz, 3.0GHz and 3.2GHz. These dual-core processors will have dual 1MB L2 caches, EM64T and a 800MHz FSB