Leap ahead? Try november.
We've already heard that Kentsfield, Intel's Quad-Core Extreme Edition gaming chip, has been brought forward from 2007 into 2006.
However, we now have some more apparent clarification, thanks to the chaps at Eweek
. They are saying that moles in their camps suggest that November will be Kentsfield time.
This would represent a rather drastic shortening of lead time, meaning we could be enjoying quad-core goodness in the run up to Christmas.
There are also rumours, from separate sources, suggesting that its Xeon equivalent - Clovertown, quad-core for servers - will also be released in a similar timeframe.
No news yet on a firm release date for AMD's 4x4 platform, which will incorporate two dual-core chips on one motherboard via two discrete processor sockets.
Hungry for quad-core? The wait is almost over - get drooling with us over in the forums
. Bring your own towel.