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Intel presents its future

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The Intel developer world conference, which opens this week, will present numerous interesting innovations destined to influence the PC world (and beyond) in the next few years.

The most relevant will be the separation into two distinct and distinct strands of processor technologies, on the one hand the Pentium and on the other the Pentium-M abandoning the path followed until yesterday that derived the portable chips from those produced for the desktop, strategy that had forced the world of laptops to not indifferent contortions to limit consumption.

The Pentium-M, also known as Banias, will be processors designed specifically for laptops, with lower nominal speeds (at their debut they will go from 900 to 1.6 GHz) compared to those for desktops, but also much lower consumption and greater efficiency.

Intel will also present details of the successor to the Pentium 4 on the market today; the chip, codenamed Prescott should debut at 3.5 GHz. Prescott will also be the first processor to be equipped with LaGrande security technology (aimed at preventing intrusions in HD) and will inherit hyperthreading from Pentium 4, a sort virtual multiprocessing that uses various processor components to perform different tasks simultaneously, accelerating the calculation speed.

Intel is also expected to present the Springdale chipset, which can boast the 800 MHz bus processor speed, a new version of Itanium, the server machine chip, and Manitoba, the mobile phone processor that will join the new Xscale models, the chips. for PDA.

Finally, Intel should illustrate its plans for the transition to 0.09 micron circuitry, a further step forward compared to the 0.013 micron one adopted by Pentium 4. Prescott, which as said will arrive in the second half of 2003, should be the first processor with this level of miniaturization, followed by Dothan, the heir of the Pentium-M which instead will be available even later.