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New Pentium 4 to debut in 2003

by Nikola Strahija on March 2nd, 2002 Intel says Prescott, the next version of its Pentium 4 chip, will use hyper-threading to beef up desktop performance. Also for next year: The arrival of the 3GIO component connection standard.

Intel plans to come out with a new version of the Pentium 4 next year and to push a slate of initiatives to make computers and phones sleeker and smaller.

The next version of the Pentium 4, code-named Prescott, will enhance desktop performance through hyper-threading, among other changes, Intel's Louis Burns, vice president of the Desktop Platforms Group, said at the four-day Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco. Burns also demonstrated a 4GHz Pentium 4, which should come out sometime next year.

Prescott was among a number of announcements on Wednesday. Santa Clara, California-based Intel also discussed improved power-management technologies that will come with Pentium 4 notebooks, expected to debut 4 March, as well as integrated processors for next-generation cell phones.

Hyper-threading allows a single processor to handle two different applications or application threads at the same time. The technology debuted commercially earlier this week in Prestonia, a new Intel server chip. Circuitry for hyper-threading is included in current Pentium 4 chips, but it is not activated, because few current desktop applications can take advantage of it, according to Intel sources.

Additionally, Prescott PCs will be: smaller than current desktops, equipped with wireless networking as a standard feature, and easier to link to cameras and stereos. "They (customers) don't want to have three tech guys in the garage to help them work it," Burns said.

Prescott's debut in the second half of 2003 will be complemented later by the emergence of 3GIO, a component connection standard. 3GIO will likely affect consumers in two ways. First, it will speed up how the processor communicates with graphics processors, network cards, printers and other peripherals, thereby increasing performance.

Second, 3GIO will free engineers from design constraints by eliminating motherboard channels and other electrical design conventions, leading to a wider variety of computer styles. In 2003 or 2004, for instance, Dell Computer plans to come out with desktop PCs based on what it calls an "Evo-Revo" design that will let consumers plug in or remove MP3 players or portable hard drives like they would Lego blocks.

"We want to get to some modular form" for computer peripherals, said Brian Zucker, technology evangelist for Dell's small-business and consumer products division. "If we can keep the costs low and have a high-speed serial link, why not?"

the new Pentium 4-M chips will run at 1.6GHz and 1.7GHz.

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