Intel talking IPC for Banias
Apple and AMD have spend a great deal of time trying to convince consumers that higher processor clock speeds don't necessarily equate to better overall performance. With Intel's Pentium 4 processor scaling beyond 2.5GHz, competitors have really had no choice. However, as this story on Intel's upcoming Banias mobile chip reports, the shoe may soon be on the other foot.
Like Advanced Micro Devices' Athlon and other competing chips, Banias' performance will actually be better than its numbers might indicate because it will complete more work per clock cycle than the Pentium 4, according to Intel and other sources.
Banias is targeted at thin notebooks but could end up competing with processors from AMD and even Intel's own mobile Pentium 4s, both of which should boast higher clock speeds when Banias hits in 2003.