2/16/2000: Willamette (Pentium IV?), Timna, RDRAM, DDR... welcome to IDF
It is not possible to deny that the first day of Intel Developer Forum (IDF) has fulfilled the expectations of the assistants to the meeting celebrated in the famous locality of Palm Springs, California. The principal announcements were centred environment to three of the future microprocessors Intel: Willamette, Timna and Itanium.
The star was perhaps Willamette, which might receive the trade name of Pentium IV; based on a different nucleus to used in the current Pentium II - III and Celeron, he supposes the following evolutionary jump of the architecture IA-32 (architecture Intel of 32 bits). It will use a 400 MHz bus (in fact - very probably - of 100 ó 200 MHz "doubled" to the DDR or AGP 2x/4x), will present 144 new instructions (SSE2) and the clock speed double for the ALU arithmetical-logical (unit of points). A model presented before himself working neither more nor less than to 1,5 GHz (1.500 MHz), what seems to confirm the intentions of Intel of throwing this chip with speeds "from 1 GHz". His throwing is waited by the end of year.
For his part, Timna will be the first "system in a chip" of Intel, on having included the controler of memory, the graphic controler and the cache memory L2 together with a nucleus similar to the current ones. One hopes that the teams with this mike should sell below 600 dollars.
Finally, Itanium, the first mike IA-64 (of 64 bits) of Intel, was endorsed by eight of the biggest manufacturers of PCs of the world: Bull, Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, Hewlett Packard, IBM, NEC and SGI. It was confirmed that it will enter production in the middle of this year, with an initial speed of approximately 800 MHz.
Of between many others realized announcements we might emphasize the incorporation to the futures chipsets Intel of the standard USB 2.0 (that allows speeds even 40 times major than the current version 1.1), advance in the transferences for hard disk (UltraDMA-100, Serial Ties) and the progressive implantation of the memory RDRAM, although it will keep on using SDRAM (PC100/PC133) for the low scale: and the memory DDR will be implanted in the servants!, something that collides frontalmente with the supposed need for memory RDRAM to support high yields...
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The USB 2.0 will offer up to 80 MB/s