Saturday, July 24, 2021

Intel Gets Extreme

The following is an excerpt from sister site CPU Planet. A full version of the story can be found by clicking here.

Next week AMD will blitz the high-performance PC market with the launch of its Athlon 64 processor, but this week Intel Corp.is enjoying the spotlight — and telling PC manufacturers and users what comes after the Hyper-Threading Technology of today’s desktop Pentium 4 and workstation/server Xeon CPUs.

The silicon giant kicked off the fall edition of its Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Jose, Calif., with a pair of keynote presentations that ranged from promises of four processor cores in one chip to a new Pentium 4 Extreme Edition for enthusiast PCs (read: preemptive strike against the Athlon 64).

IDF is always a showplace for new technologies and Intel-endorsed wanna-be standards. Some, after kicking around for a couple of years, are close to reality: With help from ATI Technologies, Intel vice president and Desktop Platforms Group co-general manager Louis Burns presented the first demonstration of a graphics controller based on the new PCI Expressinterconnect specification. The latter is expected to replace today’s AGP bus beginning next year; the PCI-SIG industry association has announced its first PCI Express product-testing compliance workshop for December 15-17 in Milpitas, Calif.

Both PCI Express and USB 2.0 interfaces are built into ExpressCard(formerly called NewCard), a faster serial successor to today’s parallel PC Card or PCMCIA expansion standard that should appear in both laptops and desktops in the second half of 2004. ExpressCard add-ins will come in two sizes — each 3 inches long, but 1.33 and 2.13 inches wide for most products and those with CompactFlash or 1.8-inch hard disk storage, respectively.

Other standards are still in the wishful-thinking stage, such as Balanced Technology Extended (BTX), which Intel talked up last year under the name “Big Water” — a more compact successor to the venerable ATX motherboard form factor, supporting both traditional chassis and suggesting an (Intel-directed) standard for the quieter, small-form-factor PCs already emerging from vendors like Shuttle and VIA with their respective XPC and Mini-ITX designs.

Eric Grevstad is managing editor of sister site CPU Planet.

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