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Intel launches next-generation desktop and notebook processors

Intel has unveiled its next-generation desktop and notebook processors and a plan to bring Intel silicon into most of the world's computers and communications devices.

Intel chief executive officer Craig Barrett and president and chief operating officer Paul Otellini launched the next-generation desktop and notebook processors, codenamed Prescott and Dothan.

Prescott and Dothan will be Intel's first products built on its 90-nanometer process technology, which allows the company to shrink the wires on a chip and increase the number of transistors. Prescott is expected to be released later this year.

Intel is striving to lead the market for silicon in just about every computer product released over the next decade, from PCs to phones to PDAs, and the ability to port the same application for different devices will speed that growth, Otellini said.

Intel's Prescott chip will have the same amount of cache as AMD's Opteron, but with half the die size, he said. Prescott is designed for the desktop, while Opteron is seen as a server or high-end workstation chip.

The company's Itanium 2 processor, which has suffered from a lack of demand, was also hindered by the discovery of a bug that can cause the expensive computer it powers to crash in certain situations. 

The number of companies that are offering Itanium 2 systems continues to increase, and recent benchmark results show the chip has "world-class performance", Otellini said.

Intel announced that 16 Dell servers clustered together and each with two Madison Itanium 2 processors recently edged out a 32-processor system from IBM running 1.7GHz Power4+ processors in the Linpack HPC benchmark.


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