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Intel unveils plans for next generation processors

From IDF: first peeks at the future of desktop and mobile computing, as Louis Burns, of the desktop platforms group, unveils tomorrow's processors.

In his industry presentation at IDF, Louis Burns of Intel's desktop platforms group shared company's vision for tomorrow's end users, particularly in the home network environment. The goal for computing and connectivity — namely anywhere, at any time, from any device — was reinforced by the unveiling of key plans for the next family of desktop and mobile processors.

Burns revealed the code name for the upcoming processor family, Prescott, and reported that this next generation processor will be based on NetBurst architecture.

It will also deliver to desktop PC users a processing system that utilizes hyperthreading, a technology previously unavailable in the desktop segment and by which an operating system is able to view a single processor as thought it were two, thus increasing platform performance.

Prescott's architecture will be based on 90 nanometre technology, and Intel claims that NetBurst has huge expandability potential. According to Burns, Prescott can be reasonably expected to reach 10GHz. Burns described a near future where consumer electronics and other devices will be linked with a PC using wireless networking and UpnP.

"Intel is driving a number of innovative technologies over the next year that will accelerate digital convergence in the home and continue to enhance our desktop platform capabilities, including high performance processors and revolutionary new form factors," Burns explained.

Anand Chandrasekher also made announcements regarding the future of processing. As vice president and general manager of Intel's mobile platforms group, he described the future of the mobile PC and urged industry to offer support to the mobility enabling program, by which Intel is striving to overcome the challenges facing mobile PC use.

Chandrasekher demonstrated the forthcoming Pentium 4 processor-M, featuring SpeedStep technology and "deep sleep" to reduce power consumption.

Looking ahead, Chandrasekher also spoke about the generation of mobile processors beyond, namely Banias processors.

The development of Banias will follow a bottom-up approach, incorporating features designed specifically to enhance the mobile computing experience. Based on a chipset code named Odem, Chandrasekher said Banias is expected to become available in the first half of 2003.

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