Intel has demonstrated two upcoming Xeon server platforms that utilise dual-core processors, as part of the company's aggressive plans to field a full range of the chips. During the company's Spring Analyst meeting in New York last week, Intel demonstrated two working servers running upcoming dual-core implementations of Xeon. The first demonstration was of Dempsey (part of a dual-core server platform called Bensley) featuring Intel's Hyperthreading technology along with its new high-speed I/O acceleration channel. The second, Paxville, is a dual-core part that can be fitted into existing motherboards made for single-core Xeon processors, as long as the appropriate BIOS updates are made. These are just the beginning of Intel's journey into dual-core.

Intel president Paul Otellini pegged the total number of dual-core efforts underway at Intel at 17. Two desktop Pentium parts have already begun shipping. Fifteen other processors, encompassing a mix of desktop, server, and mobile CPUs, are on the way. "We have more than half the units in house, running, and we're very comfortable that we can bring those out in high volume," Otellini said.