Intel's finally got the dual-core tip

dual-core P4

We're not entirely sure how we feel about the burgeoning trend towards parallelized dual-core CPUs vs. further optimizing single-core architectures in terms of performance and power-consumption, but regardless Intel used the ISSCC yesterday to announce their plans to release their first dual-core chips in summer 2005. Expect new Extreme Edition Pentiums with HyperThreading (yeah, that's four simultaneously processed threads—don't worry if none of this makes sense, it's geekspeak for "newer, faster, more expensive"), which will be based on the Pentium 4 NetBurst processor architecture, and mobile chips thereafter—10 dual-core chips total penned for now, collect 'em all!