San Francisco -- Intel Corp. has added a 0.09-micron process desktop Pentium 4 processor, code-named Prescott, to its roadmap slated for introduction in the second half of 2003.
Speaking at the Intel Developers Forum here on Wednesday, Louis Burns, vice president and co-general manager of the Intel Desktop Platform group, said the new Prescott family will be the first desktop to use HyperThreading to make a single uniprocessor work as two virtual processors.
Burns declined to identity the clock frequency of Prescott when it is introduced. He said Intel will introduce a reference platform for Prescott at the fall IDF Sept. 9-12 to help motherboard makers and OEMs get a jump on developing theirown systems using the next generation 0.09-micron chip.
He said Intel will continue to follow this practice under a program named Lecta in which a reference platform for each new generation chip will be introduced one year prior to the processor debut.
"We want to be more aggressive in getting early information out to the industry on new processors so our partners can get an early start in their own work," Burns said.
He said he wasn't concerned that archrival AMD would also get early details from the advance introeduction of a reference platform. "We will always be ahead of everyone in how our new processors will be used in systems," he claimed.
Prescott will fill out the 0.09-micron design rule processor line, as Intel earlier this week announced Montecito for 64-bit enterprise servers in 2004 and a yet-unnamed chip for 32-bit Xeon server line, also expected in 2004.
Burns also said Intel this year will roll out a recommended desktop reference platform called Tidewater to promote a more standardized PC form factor in industry.
Next year a follow-on reference platform called Big Water will replace expansion boards with expansion I/O module interfaces to add capabilities and features in smaller and lighter form factor, he said. Big Water will use Intel's 3GIO interface to connect a wide range of scalable I/O modules in a desktop PC occupying no more than 6 cubic liters.
The Intel mobile PC roadmap added a new chipset code-named Odem that will support the new Banias mobile processor that will introduced in the first half of 2003.
Anand Chandrasekher, vice president of Intel Mobile platforms, also unveiled a new industry-wide Mobility Enabling Program to create the infrastructure and systems to take full advantage of Banias, which is Intel's first mobile processor designed from the ground up.
He said Intel is already discussing its ideas individually with industry companies and will present a more formalized program outline at the fall IDF scheduled Sept. 9-12 in San Francisco.