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IDF Fall 2003: Extreme Pentium 4 announced. Tulsa, Tanglewood, LaGrande, etc...

We received another portion of information from our Dmitry Korostelev from San Jose. Below is the first information about a new desktop processor:

Today at IDF Fall 2003 in his keynote related to digital home concept Paul Otellini, Intel´s President and Chief Operating Officer, surprisingly announced the Intel Pentium 4 Extreme Edition for hardcore gamers.

There wasn´t much said about the chip. It will be designed for hardcore users and overclockers. The processor utilizes technologies used in Xeon MP, operates at 3.20GHz and 800MHz FSB, has 2Mb of third-level (L3) cache (its clock and L2 cache capacity wasn´t disclosed). It seems the processor will be made using the usual 0.13µm technology to work with Springdale and Canterwood motherboards.

The processor hasn´t been shown as is (but should differ from other CPUs due to increased cache transistors amount), but we´ve seen its logo instead (above). No pricing was disclosed as well, but he had said that for the first 30 days or more these processors will only be shipped via OEM channels.

Below are some more IDF hot news for today:

  • As the key direction of desktop processors development the company considers the migration of server technologies to the mainstream segment. I.e. Montecito-like chips will be offered for desktop and mobile HyperThreading systems.
  • The new Intel Xeon core — Potomac — will be introduced in 2005.
  • The exact release date for the Tulsa chip (mentioned for the first time here) hasn´t been set yet. The Prescott-based Xeon Tulsa solution will follow Potomac and will surely have two cores
  • The release date of 16-core Tanglewood hasn´t been set as well. They mentioned it would be developed by former Alpha development team
  • The Vanderpool technology will arrive to PCs within next 5 years supporting the features of existing HyperThreading. In general Vanderpool will provide two virtual processors for one physical similar to HT. But its functionality would be far wider enabling to watch Simpsons using one chip and reboot system or install drivers using the other.
  • Intel pays much attention to 802.16 wireless technology development
  • LaGrande content protection will be a hardware technology built into the chipset and processor. It will interact with Microsoft Generation Secure Computing Base or NGSCB
  • By the way, AMD is developing own "LaGrande" as well, but its codename hasn´t been disclosed yet
  • Intel together with several consumer electronics brands has finally developed the Digital Transmission Content Protection Standard for transferring secured content over IP in home networks.

More and more IDF news to come. Stay tuned!

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