For various reasons, Intel will be accelerating the release of the last of the Netburst-architecture based Pentium processors. Intel's Tulsa core will be pushed up to the third quarter of 2006, about three months ahead of schedule. Likely, as Intel moves to Core architecture and phases out Netburst, they want to offer Tulsa as the last of old architecture Xeons for high end servers. Designed to be able to handle up 8 CPUs total side by side with dual cores and hyperthreading support, it isn't a lightweight chip by any stretch of the word and does offer the 65nm process which can be important to energy-conscious system integrators. With the launch of several Core offerings, many vendors won't be wanting to stock older CPUs anymore, a good reason for Intel to push Tulsa out as quickly as possible.
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