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Acer claims Intel is shipping quad-core chip

Posted: 06 Jan 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:processor quad-core? Core 2 core? notebook Aspire?

Intel Corp. is supplying the Q9000, quad-core processor to computer maker Acer Inc. The Q9000 has been designed into Acer's Aspire 8930G notebook PC, Acer said.

According to Acer, the quad-core Q9000 is based on four Core 2 processing cores, 6Mbyte of shared L2 cache, a 1066MHz off-chip bus and can be clocked at frequencies up to 2.0GHz. Acer did not say what manufacturing process technology node Intel uses to manufacture the Q9000.

Originally Acer said the Q9000 included 12Mbyte of cache memory and could be clocked at up to 2.53GHz, but the company then issued at replacement press release contradicting the original press release.

It is possible that the Q9000 does come with the larger memory and is capable of the higher clock frequency and is being derated initially. This would give Intel and its customers something else to announce later.

Intel does not appear to have issued a press release concerning the processor.

- Peter Clarke
EE Times Europe

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