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Information Technology

Intel Pentium 4 Processor


Information Technology 


Advance technology for the Internet and beyond

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 users.'

"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 NetBurst

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 systems.

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.