Intel will do tri-core, following AMD's behind
Intel's tri-core processor will be three single cores strapped on a FSB.
One Intel engineer bragged that he can do it in no time.
The same Intel engineer claimed that he can do a 16-core chip if his boss wants it -- just strap 16 single cores on the FSB -- no brainer. As for benchmarks, just choose those which run in cache - 16 copies of super-PI will get very good results and make Intel fanbois dance.
In other news, Intel announced that it will have something called quick-path, a knock-off HyperTransport link in 2009 time frame. Dirk Meyer is laughing at the copycats.
Also, Intel will finally have an IMC, another idea copied from AMD. Intel says they had an IMC with their 8088, and they had an idea similar to AMD Fusion in 1990.
Jerry Sanders had those ideas back when he was at Fairchild Semi.