Intel's CEO Paul Otelline aims to ship one million quad-core processors by mid-2007:
According to chief executive officer Paul Otellini, the one million mark is scheduled to be reached by mid of this year. He did not comment on the production share of quad-cores, but considering the fact that the company started shipping the processors in November of last year as well as an annual processor production volume of around 150 million CPUs, both Kentsfield and Clovertown are on the very bottom of the list.
However, if Intel reaches this goal, we would expect the company to use the number to counter AMD's introduction of the Barcelona (server/workstation) and Agena (desktop) quad-core processors, which are due late in Q2 or early in Q3 of this year. The company is currently shipping nine different versions of quad-core processors, including seven Xeon 5300-series versions as well as the Core 2 Extreme QX6700 as well as the recently announced Core 2 Quad Q6600.