In what we're hoping will be the most exciting IDF in the past 5 years, Intel kicked things off with a proud announcement that growth in the technology industry is back.

Immediately following the dot-com bust, almost all of Intel's IDF keynotes had slight undertones of despair thanks to the fact that making money just wasn't as easy anymore. However, over the past two years growth in the PC industry has returned to normal and thus Intel is back to their usual, chipper self.

Paul Otellini's keynote started with a few items that have changed in the past few years:

PC shipments have recovered from their slump in 2001 and are on their way to breaking the 200M barrier.

PC notebook shipments have also grown beyond desktop shipments, which Intel attributes to giving users what they want with Centrino:

The prevalence of WiFi networks has also increased tremendously. Below we have a picture of WiFi networks in the San Francisco area before centrino:

Each red dot indicates a WiFi network, and now let's have a look at WiFi prevalence in San Francisco:

But now let's get to what we're really here for...

Intel's New Micro-Architecture


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  • cHodAXUK - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 - link

    Substitute 'new micro-architecture' with 're-jigged P3 core' and it would be much nearer to the truth. Reply
  • stateofbeasley - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 - link

    Let me guess: you think K8 is a 're-jigged K7 core' too :roll; Reply
  • Anemone - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 - link

    Ok the word is not to build 32 bit apps anymore. Who, aside from the stupid or desperate is going to buy Yonah when 4 months later you'd be able to get a 64 bit improved Merom? Can you just upgrade and drop a Merom into an appropriately prepared Yonah laptop? I doubt it, or they'd have been singing that song at the IDF.

    Yonah is just late. If it had been here Sep'ish and there was still 6-9mo till a 64bit version, it would have made some sense. If the Napa chipset had been built to accomodate both Yonah and an upgrade to Merom, it would have made sense.

    Intel is either lying about the real schedules involved here, or they are desperately throwing out chip designs as fast as possible with little idea of planning.

    Who knows..
  • stateofbeasley - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 - link

    And most people are using (and will be using for a long time) 32-bit applications. Microsoft Office, IE, Outlook, FireFox, iTunes, etc. This is very basic stuff that simply doesn't benefit from 64-bit addressing. Windows XP x64 edition consequently offers no benefits to most users (Tomshardware just did a x64 edition test, their conclusion is that it is useless, PC World concluded the same).

    For the vast majority of consumers, Yonah will be just fine. Most people will never know the difference.
  • bob661 - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 - link

    Office is going to 64 bit as well as those other apps you mentioned. This will happen sooner rather than later. Reply
  • Calin - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - link

    In a try by Microsoft to find reasons to force the upgrade of operating systems, taking another slide of the people's money.
    Too bad ( :) ) that they have big problems convincing people to upgrade from Office XP (or sometime Office 2000) to their latest greatest Office 2003.
  • Doormat - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 - link

    Here's to hoping that these lower power chips will overclock better than the current P4 chips (at least without resorting to cascading phase change or liquid N2). Reply
  • Den - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 - link

    If Conroe uses 65 watts and is about 5x as faster per watt than the current p4 3.8 which uses 135 watts (just over 2x 65) and if Conroe is dual core (another factor of two) then each core should be about 20% faster than a p4 3.8 GHZ to get up to a total of 5x better speed per watt. If this is really true, it is very exciting. Reply
  • Calin - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - link

    I lived under the impression that Northwood was more efficient per watt than Prescott Reply
  • mino - Wednesday, August 24, 2005 - link

    It is. Reply

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