Intel Pentium 4 Processor
Advance technology for the Internet and beyond
By SHABBIR H. KAZMI
Nov 27 - Dec 03, 2000
Intel Pakistan has launched the Pentium-4 processor,
its newest microprocessor for high performance desktop computers.
Introducing the Pentium 4, Kamil F. Hassan, Area Sales Manager and
Country Head said, "The new processor offers great performance for
today's Internet advances like 3D, animation, video and audio and can be
termed a new generation of processing power. Its foundation is the new
Intel NetBurst micro-architecture, a collection of unique technologies
that will power Intel's most advanced 32-bit processors for computer
"The Pentium 4 processor is designed to give
users performance where they can appreciate it the most," said
Kamil. "Whether streaming content, playing interactive games,
encoding video and MP3 files, or creating Internet content — the
Pentium 4 processor is designed to meet the needs of today's most
demanding computer users."
Major computer makers and software suppliers around
the world have spent months readying products based upon the Pentium 4
processor. All major desktop PC makers have Pentium 4 processor-based
PCs or workstations under development. Many manufacturers are expected
to start taking orders and will begin delivery of PCs based on the
Pentium 4 processor.
The Pentium 4 processor with Intel NetBurst
technology is the first completely new desktop processor design from
Intel since the Pentium Pro processor, with its P6 micro-architecture,
was introduced in 1995.
Highlights include Hyper Pipelined Technology, which
enables the Pentium 4 processor to execute software instructions in a
20-stage pipeline, as compared to the 10-stage pipeline of the Pentium
III processor. Hyper Pipelined Technology, supports a new range of clock
speed with 1.5 and 1.4 GHz, with plenty of headroom for the future.
For higher performance, the Rapid Execution Engine
allows frequently used Arithmetic Logic Unit instructions to be executed
at double the core clock. The industry's first 400 MHz system bus speeds
the transfer of data between the processor and main memory. In addition,
144 new instructions have been added to further speed the processing of
video, audio and 3-D applications. These and other technical innovations
make Pentium 4 processor-based PCs the ideal machines for creating and
experiencing Internet media.
The Pentium 4 processor platform is based on the
high-performance Intel 850 chipset. The Intel 850 chipset's dual RDRAM
memory banks complement the Pentium 4 processor's 400 MHz system bus,
providing up to 3.2 gigabytes of data per second. Intel also announced
availability of the Intel Desktop Board D850GB, which supports the new
Pentium 4 processor in the ATX form factor.
The Pentium 4 processor is Intel's highest
performance desktop processor as measured by the SPEC CPU 2000
benchmark. The Pentium 4 processor at l.5 GHz earned a SPECint 2000
score of 535 and a SPECfp 2000 score of 558.
Products and Pricing
The Pentium 4 processor is manufactured on Intel's
high-volume, 0.18-micron process technology and is available with its
dealers. Intel ships boxed Pentium 4 processors with 128 MB of RDRAM,
the boxed desktop board D850GB, and a platform integration kit. These
Pentium 4 processor platform building blocks are available through
authorized distributors to members of the Intel Premier Providers
programme, enabling them to build and ship Pentium 4 processor-based
Reportedly the first computer equipped with Pentium 4
processor was sold on the day of its launching in Pakistan at an
attractive price. Availability of this new generation processor in
Pakistan is expected to open new vistas for information technology
professionals and users in the country.