Introduction

We have been patiently waiting this Fall's Intel Developer Forum for quite some time. Rumors that Intel would host a live dual core demonstration have kept our interest piqued. It's tough to deal with that guilty kind of excitement, the kind where you hope for something you couldn't expect and the very hope itself seems to crush the chances of its fulfillment. After all the waiting, we can say that the rumors were true: Intel just finished demonstrating a running dual core Montecito Itanium processor. This is a good thing and a bad thing, but we'll talk more about that in a minute.



Amidst a few new things, we did hear plenty of the same old thing from Intel about technologies that are either here now, or years off into the future (with no new insight). For instance, much of the keynote covered Hyperthreading, EM64T, and Wifi, or focused on previously demonstrated technologies like Vanderpool. While all of these things are fun and interesting, we've already heard about them time and time again. Granted, the Vanderpool demo was from a business perspective rather than a home user perspective. It's cool to see 4 different hardware virtualized systems running on one computer, but the concept's potential and its uses have been explored previously via software such as VMWare. But buried in the presentation were a few tidbits we did find useful, and that's what where here to bring you today.

The following pages will cover the the new things mentioned at the opening keynote, as well as the growing importance Intel places on parallelism.
What's New From the Keynote
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  • idgaf13 - Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - link

    Can we just be try to be objective when analyzying the data ?
    I expect "more" from the Intels and IBMs
    in the industry.
    The volume and prowess of their engineering departments should be an awesome force to reckon with.
    Intel has not had a demonstrable lead in design or manufacturing in several years.
    They have only been maintaining parity with the competition.
    They intially argued against the need for 13 micron and smaller die shrink ,they followed the lead of IBM and AMD. And followed again when copper replaced aluminum in the CPU.
    RDRAM and Itanium 2 good ideas ?
    I have seen no benefit as a result of them.
    The die shrink and change of substrate have definitely benefited the user.
    Intels marketing sounds more and more like a
    MS marketing campaign and less like a demonstration of engineering prowess.
    I certainly hope the balance of the IDF will yield some demonstrations of engineering prowess that Intel has.
    To think that they are intimidated to the point of not releasing info is amazing to me.
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  • Questar - Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - link

    #5,

    Look at the slides, they say dual core desktop in 2005.

    Why demo a sual core p4, they just showed a chip 1.7 billion transistors. There's no point in showing a p4 when you have the big gun on stage.

    Get back to me when you're doing real time weather simulation on an AMD chip, okay?
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  • Night201 - Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - link

    I have that National Geographic issue shown on Page 3. That's so cool! It's a great article if anyone can read it. Maybe I'll scan it one day. Reply
  • Falloutboy - Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - link

    as I figured no dual core p4 or P-M demonstration. I think 2005 is going to be a long shot for them if they don't even have anything to show now. Only reason I can think other than they really are BSing how far they are on a desktop dual core chip is that its not what we all expect and they don't want to give AMD the heads up too early Reply
  • DerekWilson - Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - link

    Sorry bout that. the network went down right before I could hit post on the third page. but the net finally came back up and now all is well. Reply
  • Saist - Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - link

    ah, there's page 3.

    For a while I was wondering if Anandtech was acting out a scene from SpaceBalls.
    Reply
  • sprockkets - Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - link

    I guess the article is still in progress.

    That's what I like about the Athlon 64, no stupid large caches necessary.
    Reply
  • mcveigh - Tuesday, September 07, 2004 - link

    wheres page 3? Reply

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