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This is turning out to be a banner year for chips, and the next two years will be even better. Analysts in the know are saying that Intel is fighting its way off the ropes with its Core architecture, and analyst Jim McGregor says that Intel may be planning...

"a significantly different microarchitecture in the 2007-2008 time frame that will quickly proliferate through the platforms."

This is especially tantalizing in light of the quad-core processor Intel showed at the Intel Developers Forum a couple of months ago, a chip the company code-named "Kentsfield" (pictured here). McGregor points beyond that product to more Intel quad-core processors due in 2007, including a quad-core mobile processor.

Intel preps quad-core mobile chip, new CPU architecture for 2008 - analyst [TG Daily]