Intel has unveiled two new processing platforms to boost productivity for office and home users.
The new technologies include the dual-core Intel Pentium D processor and the Intel 945 Express chipset family, which is designed to boost multimedia applications.
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Dual-core technology doubles processing speeds by putting two pieces of silicon on the same chip.
The Pentium D is Intel’s second dual-core processor and follows the recent introduction of the Pentium Extreme Edition processor. The Pentium D 840, 830 and 820 are cheaper than the Pentium Extreme Edition.
Dell, HP and Lenovo all said they would soon start shipping Pentium D-based machines.
Intel has also launched the Intel Professional Business Platform, which combines advanced security, management and collaboration technologies. These enhancements include the introduction of Intel Active Management Technology (AMT).
AMT enables IT managers to install security patches or diagnose problems on all Intel AMT-enabled PCs connected to their networks, even if they are turned off or have a failed hard drive or operating system.
Intel's Professional Business Platform is based on the new Intel 945G Express chipset and the optional Intel PRO/1000 PM network adapter. The platform is supported by the new Intel Pentium 4 processor.