SEATTLE -- During the Microsoft Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) here today, Intel Corp. provided a sneak preview of its "convergence" strategy, giving the first public demonstrations of its code-named "Banias" microprocessor line and desktop MPUs with its new multi-tasking technology.
For months, Intel has been talking about "Banias," which is the company's next-generation mobile microprocessor line. Reportedly based on the company's current Pentium 4 processor and NetBurst architectures, "Banias" will initially come in 1.4-, 1.5-, and 1.6-GHz speed grades, according to sources. First shipments are expected in the first quarter of 2003, sources said.
The company also showed a mainstream desktop processor utilizing its "Hyper-Threading Technology." Introduced last year, the technology allows multithreaded operating systems and applications to view a single microprocessor as if it were two logical processors, enabling a 30% performance boost in systems.
The company's "Hyper-Threading Technology" is now shipping on its Xeon family of processors for servers.
Meanwhile, at WinHEC, Intel did not provide the specifications or details for these products, but company executives dropped hints that the technologies are key to drive the "convergence" of computing and communications in the industry.
The new technologies would also create a new class of devices in the industry, said Paul Otellini, president and chief operating officer at Intel.
"In the future, all computers will communicate and all communication devices will compute," Otellini said. "To support this environment and enhance the user experience, we need to deliver innovative technologies for performance, communications and more secure platforms. Our ultimate goal is to bring computing to everyone -- any time and any place in the world."
Speaking to developers at WinHEC, Otellini also noted that notebook computers with integrated 802.11-compliant wireless local-area networking (WLAN) capabilities could reshape the landscape and enable the long-awaited "convergence" trend.
Otellini also demonstrated "Banias," noting the processor is optimized to support 802.11 WLANs. Demonstrated publicly for the first time, "Banias" is due in the first half of 2003, he said.
The Intel executive also for the first time demonstrated "Hyper-Threading Technology" on a desktop PC. Slated to appear in desktop PCs in 2003, the technology is said to improve the performance for complex tasks on PCs, such as rendering photos, printing documents, Web surfing, and other applications.