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IDF Fall 2004, day 2: again on multi-core processors, FB-DIMM, etc.

On the second IDF day they shed light on dual-core notebook processors and on the fact that Intel plans to move to multi-core architectures, maybe even in the end of the next year.

In particular, vice president of Intel Mobile Platforms Group, Anand Chandrasekher, informed on details of a new notebook processor codenamed Napa. It will continue the series which previously was crowned by Sonoma. (These will require Alviso chipset). Dual-core Napa, in its turn, will be made using 65 nm process. Actually, Napa is a whole platform that also includes Golan wireless adapter and Calistoga graphics.

Besides, according to some mass media citing Paul Otellini, all Intel´s desktop, notebook and server processors will migrate to multi-core architecture in 2005. The first will be Montecito, then Napa. After that more desktop CPUs. Note that notebook solutions have higher priority, while desktops are to be released some later. This is becoming usual for Intel. The most interesting thing is that by the next year-end Intel expects dual-core CPU sales to be up to 70% of all its server market, 85% of its notebook market, and up to 40% of its desktop market.

Another matter is related to an interesting server memory technology — FB-DIMM (Fully Buffered DIMM) — that is called to improve memory performance. FB-DIMM closes impedance gaps affecting signal flow in the memory bus. It uses serial interfaces similar to those used by PCI-Express.

Finally, much attention was paid to LaGrande technology and flash memory development strategies, but more on this in our news to come.

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