AMD (AMD) thinks that there is a gap between dual-core chips that run on most PCs and the newer quad-core superchips that the company and its rival Intel (INTC) build for high-end servers.
PC companies can make quad-core models, but they are tremendously expensive for the typical buyers.
AMD is going to split the difference and offer "triple core" chips to help PC users get better performance without having to spend what they would to buy a nice used car.
That should catch them up to Intel.
Douglas A. McIntyre