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Steady adoption of quad cores in mainstream PCs seen

Posted: 20 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:quad-core microprocessors? quad-core desktop? Intel quad-core?

While quad-core microprocessors have yet to appear in desktop PCs priced less than $1,000, adoption of the technology in mainstream PCs is expected to steadily pick up steam in the next couple years, say analysts. In fact, iSuppli predicts that quad-core chips are expected to appear in more than half of all mainstream desktop PCs by late 2009.

Intel launched its first quad-core desktop processors at last year's Intel Developer Forum in November, and in January introduced its first quad-core processors designed for mainstream PCs. The Core 2 Quad Q6600 desktop processor, launched in January, brings the greatest benefit to multithreaded applications and high-definition video content, says Intel.

However, high costs and limited availability have restricted quad cores so far to the realm of high-end PCs priced more than $1,000, which only comprise a fraction of the total PC market, says iSuppli.

But analysts predict by the third quarter of 2007, quad cores will appear in 5 percent of mainstream desktops, increasing steadily to reach 18 percent by the fourth quarter of 2008 and 49 percent by fourth quarter of 2009.

For PC resellers, mainstream desktops represent some 42 percent of desktop shipments, second only to desktops priced under $500 which comprise a little more than half of the overall market, says iSuppli.

In addition, mainstream notebooks aren't expected to feature the quad cores until early 2009, notes iSuppli. By the end of that year, iSuppli predicts 11 percent of mainstream notebooks will include quad-core chips.

- Shelley Solheim

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