IDF circus: 1.5GHz Williamette, 1.5Gb/s ATA


Intel pulled out a couple of tricks at their developer's forum today. Among the notable things they showcased was an air cooled Willamette running at clock speed of around 1.5 GHz and an integer ALU speed of 3GHz. The demonstration itself wasn't that impressive, as they only showed off their CPU monitor software to show its clock rate. Anand was among the attendants of the forum and offers his view.

Intel also announced the Serial ATA standard, which will offer a 1.5Gb/s storage interface. It's important to note, though, that this actually isn't much faster than Ultra160 SCSI standard, which is already availableĀ—and most devices currently don't even approach maxing out ATA-66.

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