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Intel forum: PC brainstorm

At its developer forum, Intel describes a future that will see more stylish, versatile computers. Plus: A major architecture standard has edged a step closer to reality.


By CNET Staff
February 28, 2002, 2:20 p.m. PT

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, it's prophecies about the industry and then down to the serious nuts and bolts of technology. What would you like to see for the next generation of PCs?

Craig BarrettBrainstorming next year's PC
Intel says it's working with PC and component makers to usher in design standards that, ideally, would result in more stylish and versatile computers.

Moore's Law: Wiring the world
According to Intel's chief technology officer, computing and communications aren't just going to converge--they're going to overlap.

Pentium 4 set for 2003
Intel preps a new version of the Pentium 4, code-named Prescott, and a slate of initiatives to make computers and phones sleeker and smaller.

Don't expect low-energy P4
Intel will not try to fit the chip into the tiniest notebooks on the market, signaling what will likely be a lengthy and inexorable conversion within the company's mobile processor line.

Computer spec ascends ladder
3GIO, a major architecture standard expected to be at the heart of future computers, edges a step closer to reality with the release of the first draft of the specification.

The charm? Cheaper chips
Intel offers cash-strapped telecommunications companies three new programmable network chips aimed to ease costs.

Barrett: PC market on the mend
Intel's CEO says things are stabilizing even though the market for communications equipment continues to shrink.

Rambus speeds up its DRAM
The memory-chip designer is updating its technology at a critical time, as rivals have been helping to popularize the competing Double Data Rate SDRAM.

Upgrade set for new hard-drive spec
Barely six months after the first version of Serial ATA was announced, work is under way on version 2, aimed at servers and network storage.

Putting on a show with Prestonia
The chip giant is unveiling its first server chip based on the Pentium 4. It's all about staking a claim in the world of high-end computing.

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Highlights from the Intel Developer Forum
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Intel on expanding Moore's Law
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Intel displays new notebook designs
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Intel reveals future of PowerPoint
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Can XScale muscle the competition?
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Intel says, "Presto!": Prestonia
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Intel CEO pushes R&D for tech turnaround
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