Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 26th Sep 2006 15:50 UTC, submitted by Ish Pfierman
Intel Intel's planning its own version of 'Quadrophenia' for this week's Intel Developer Forum. It has already revealed the code names for the server and desktop versions of those chips: Clovertown and Kentsfield. Those models will be constructed by combining Intel's two newest dual-core processors in those categories in a multichip package. Intel also announced low-end Xeons.
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You may not even need to update the BIOS. I believe it was Tom's (or Anand maybe) who did an article where they popped a pair of Quad-core samples into a Mac Pro. OS X recognized and used all 8 cores.

They didn't do anything special with the BIOS (or EFF in this case) so they're either a drop-in solution or Apple had already included support in their firmware.

At any rate, it seems that 4 (and more) core CPUs are central to Intel's plans, so it wouldn't supprise me that the chips are at least pin-compatible, making platform support a matter of a simple BIOS extension at most.

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