SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Providing a sneak preview of its future directions in the microprocessor arena, Intel Corp. as well as Hewlett-Packard Co. here today jointly announced a concept PC based on Intel's upcoming Pentium 4 chip.
The system, called the Deep Forest Concept PC, a technology demonstration and the product is not for sale. Still, the PC is based on the Pentium 4, a long-awaited chip that is expected to be rolled out by Intel next week.
Initially, the Pentium 4 will be geared for high-end workstation and server applications, but Intel is planning to position the chip as a mainstream desktop chip by early-2002 (see Oct. 1 story).
Hoping to prove that the Pentium 4 is suited for desktops, Intel rolled out the Deep Forest PC, a small-footprint system measuring approximately 10- x 13-x 4-in.-about the size of a lunch box. The PC integrates the low-profile AGP4X graphics bus, seven Universal Serial Bus (USB) slots, power management, and 10/100-megabits-per-second Ethernet capabilities.
"Deep Forest is a collaborative effort to address a new category of desktop computing that is powerful, easy, small, and network-optimized," said Pat Gelsinger, vice president and chief technology officer of the Intel Architecture Group.