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.
Intel Corp. has confirmed that the company has advanced the introduction of its next-generation Prestonia server chip while canceling a dual-processor Foster workstation chip. To Intel, the decision was made because the company's next-generation microprocessor and process technology were sufficiently advanced to warrant the change. In addition, Intel's server roadmap was compressed enough that customers might have had difficulty in deciding which chip to choose, officials said.