Intel demos Prescott at IDF
EETimes is reporting on Intel's demonstration of its next major revision of the Pentium 4 today at the Intel Developer Forum. According to the report, Intel will use strained silicon in producing Prescott on its 0.09-micron fabrication process, which should allow the chip to run at 5GHz. Also, Intel has cooked up a new, more effective scheme for clock distribution on the chip. Also new: secure memory space to support MS's Palladium, 13 new instructions for things like SIMD and thread synchronization, and "improved pre-fetch branch predictions." The Pentium 4 just keeps getting more ferocious.