Intel Developer Forum notes

Intel's Developer Forum is this week, giving Intel the chance to hype upcoming products and even show off a few sweet demo machines. The most immediate new processor is the Hyperthreaded Pentium 4 3.06GHz, and depending on which application you use and who you're talking to, you could see up to a 70% speed increase. Then again, you might not see much of a speed boost at all. We'll have to wait until we can get our hands on one of the new processors to find just where Hyperthreading helps, and by how much, but in the meantime you can mull over some OS support details over at The Inquirer:
Hyperthreading is enabled in both versions of Windows XP, and so that OS will benefit from the 3.06GHz implementation when it's introduced. But Windows 2000 is a little different, as we've reported before. And you'll have to report to the Grand Mufti of Licensing if you use it. Quite possibly.
In a demonstration that seems to defy recent reports that the Pentium 4 processor might not have that much MHz headroom, Intel also had a 0.13-micron Pentium 4 running at a sweet 4.684GHz. IA-64 was also on display; this time around it was Madison and its massive 6MB cache. Apparently, the new 64-bit processor is 30-50% faster than McKinley, clock for clock.

At this point I really have to wonder if it's wise for Intel to be pumping up its future Itanium processors so much. It feels like we're perpetually waiting for that next version of Itanium, whatever its codename may be this time around, to sweep us off our feet.

More details are sure to follow on Hyperthreading, Madison, Banias, and a gaggle of other Intel technologies and initiatives throughout the week. Stay tuned.

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