SAN JOSE -- Intel Corp. here today gave a sneak preview of its future microprocessor lines, but industry analysts attending the company's developer conference here indicated that the MPU giant provided little or no surprises during its presentation.
At the Intel Developer Forum (IDF), Intel described a new 1-GHz central processor unit for servers, a low-power CPU for mobile systems, and a high-speed desktop microprocessor, which has a record clock rate of 2 GHz.
On the desktop side, Intel provided more details of its long-awaited, Pentium 4 processor--a 1.4- to 1.5-GHz CPU chip. At IDF, Intel officials boosted the clock speed of the Pentium chip to an eye-popping 2-GHz speed--in a possible move to regain the claim of fastest microprocessor in the company's race against rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif.
"This is the world's fastest processor for desktops," said Albert Yu, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Architecture Group, during his keynote address at IDF today. "We will launch this in the fourth quarter of this year," he promised.
There were few other surprises about the Pentium 4, according to analysts attending the first day of the conference. While Intel has been talking about the Pentium 4 for some time, the company did outlined some new features about the processor, including the NetBurst architecture.
NetBurst comprises of several pieces, including the Rapid Execution Engine, a high-speed CPU core that resembles Intel's dynamic execution architecture in the Pentium 3 line.
The Santa Clara, Calif.-based company also said it plans to integrate 256-Kbit of cache in the Pentium 4, but did not discuss the memory interfaces.
On the server side, meanwhile, Intel talked about a 1-GHz Xeon chip. And in what some believed was a response to startup Transmeta Corp., Intel also discussed the low-power benefits of its Pentium 3 mobile processor.