LONDON--U.S. chipmaker Intel said Tuesday that it has been inspired by song-swapping Internet service Napster and free operating system Linux to overhaul some of its technology infrastructure.
Despite Napster's short-lived success--it has been idle since July after stumbling over legal and technical issues--the company's technology helped Intel to limit expensive network bills, Intel IT Vice President Doug Busch said.
Source: The Register
Intel cut the prices of selected Pentium 4 and Pentium III desktop processors, and some Xeon and PIII-S server chips yesterday, as we reported some time ago.
The price cuts can be found in our 'reminder' item from Friday. One point: in the end, Intel also reduced the price of its 1GHz PIII, so we've added that to the original story. And a slip of the keyboard ensured we presented an incorrect calculation for the 1.1GHz PIII, so we've corrected that too.
Chip packaging is arcane, often overlooked and absolutely crucial to the future of the semiconductor industry.
Intel on Monday is unveiling an entirely new design for the silicon and metal vehicles that connect the microprocessor to the rest of the computer.
The company says the breakthrough will play an essential role in allowing processing power to grow. Five years from now, microprocessors will run at 20GHz; they'll need to issue and receive a vast amount of signals and will require a high infusion of electricity.
Intel's Xeon processor for workstations--and eventually for servers, the company hopes--is available at 2GHz speeds, the Santa Clara, Calif., chipmaker will announce Tuesday.
The Xeon chip is the big brother of the Pentium 4, which reached 2GHz in August. The Xeon, though, comes with higher-end features for working in multiprocessor computers and addressing larger amounts of memory.