What's Intel up to in 2006? Aside from prepping quad core CPUs, Intel is looking to greatly increase volume of dual-core processors in the market to the tune of 60 million new P4 Ds shipped this year. Despite the rave about it, dual core is still very new to market, with most retailers still offering primarily single core solutions. Part of that has been from a lower supply of available duallies. That'll change this year, with more than a fourth of Intel's processor sales estimated to be coming from dual core based chips.

Will AMD do the same? Shortage of the 3800+ was felt to a great degree when at one point it wasn't even available online for purchase. This year, Intel will also bring 65nm as a standard for their dual core lineup, greatly alleviating the problem some of the hotter 3.2GHz and faster dual core CPUs are facing.