Intel shows new chip design

Computer chip giant Intel announced on Tuesday a new architecture underlying three upcoming chip series, while exhibiting a new class of computer.

At the Intel developer forum in San Francisco, Intel chief Executive Paul Otellini showed off road maps for new server, notebook and desktop chips for 2006 and 2007, according to Xinhua.

The next-generation power-optimized micro architecture combine selements of the design behind the Pentium 4. It will be the basis for three new 65-nanometer dual-core products to be launched in the second half of 2006 - Woodcrest for servers, Conroe for desktops and Merom for mobile use.

All three products will share common features such as 64-bit compatibility, virtualization, trusted platform support and management features, said Otellini.

Intel and analysts predict that as many as 200 million computers may be sold this year alone. But Otellini said the new generation of processors would also run well in desktop PCs that would not need a fan to cool them and very thin servers known as blades, Silicon reports.

Roger Kay, president of market research firm Endpoint Technologies Associates, said: "Servers and desktops have been in need of power for some time and chipmakers realized this immediately when the pure performance vector wasn't working. In the digital home, you need quiet. You can't have a PC running in your living room that sounds like a 747 jumbo jet. With energy costs going up, servers do use a lot of juice. By reducing the heat envelope, [server makers] can build servers that are housed closer together."

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