64-bit support for Intel desktop processors

The Intel Corporation announces the availability of five new processors for desktop computers that deliver entertainment and IT benefits for consumers and businesses.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  February 23, 2005

Manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products, Intel, is shipping its Pentium 4 Processor Extreme Edition 3.73 GHz and four new processors in the Pentium 4 Processor 6xx sequence, all of which support hyper-threading (HT) technology. When coupled with the Intel 925/915 Express chipset family, the vendor’s newly released processors can improve performance and speed up response times for computing platforms. All five of the new processors support 64-bit memory addressability through Intel Extended Memory 64 technology (Intel® EM64T). Intel plans to ship EM64T on versions of all its latest introductions of desktop processors, including the company’s Intel Celeron D processor lines, later this year. “Intel continues to offer new platform features based on what people are actually doing with their PCs, such as using rich media, communicating with friends or family, and being productive in the office,” said Samir Al-Schamma, Intel’s general manager for Gulf countries. “As software for the digital home and office matures and becomes more demanding, desktops with Intel EM64T are well-timed to take advantage of emerging new usage models.” Consumers are increasingly turning to the PC as a primary source of entertainment, choosing to spend their time interacting with other PC users around the world, playing games or editing digital video and images. To allow consumers to take advantage of future software advances in high-definition video, audio and 3D visualisation, Intel’s new processors enable 64-bit computing capabilities on mainstream Intel processor-based PCs. The Intel Pentium 4 6xx sequence processors enable new power-saving benefits to the desktop with Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology (EIST). Similar to the technology used in Intel Centrino mobile technology, EIST can enable power saving by reducing overall average processor power consumption. The processors will support the upcoming Microsoft Windows XP Professional x64 edition operating system and will enable users to experience the benefits of 64-bit computing. “Microsoft is excited to work with Intel to help lead the industry's transition to 64-bit computing," said Brad Goldberg, general manager of the Windows product marketing group at Microsoft. “We are working closely to deliver a robust 64-bit client platform that will help customers realize powerful new 64-bit capabilities while maintaining their investment in 32-bit applications.” The Pentium 4 Processor Extreme Edition 3.73 GHz features a fast 1066 MHz system bus and 2MB of L2 cache improves performance for such applications such as high-definition video and gaming that benefit from large amounts of data readily available to the processor. The Intel Pentium 4 Processor 6xx sequence comes in speeds of up to 3.60 GHz and features an 800MHz system bus, a doubled L2 cache of 2MB, and Enhanced Intel SpeedStep technology (EIST). This power-saving capability is supported by the Windows XP Service Pack 2. Additionally, the larger L2 cache provides potential performance benefits while execute disable bit technology offers improved protection from certain types of viruses when coupled with the service pack.

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