The dual-core chips coming from Intel in the second quarter will, in part, be based on the NetBurst architecture that underlies the Pentium 4, a company spokesman said Monday at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference in San Francisco. The statement effectively throws cold water on the speculation that Intel was planning on reverting to the Pentium III cores for its dual-core chips.
The chips, however, will likely blend NetBurst concepts with technologies from other chip lines. The Pentium M, Intel's notebook chip, derives in part from concepts from the Pentium III. One chronic complaint about the Pentium 4 is that it consumes too much power. At the conference, Intel also showed a picture of Presler, a 65-nanometer dual-core chip that will come out in the first quarter of 2006.