Aimed at making a transition to widely used multicore processing, Intel released its sequel to the Pentium Extreme Edition, Pentium D.
While Pentium Extreme Edition (PEE) is aimed at high end users, Intel hopes to open up the market with the new, cheaper chip sets. Pentium D, complete with DRM, add support for surround sound audio, high definition video, and enhanced graphics.
Dual-core processors enable users to perform multiple tasks at once without overloading the computer. Two processors, like walking and chewing gum, make it easier to do complicated tasks simultaneously, like video editing and game playing.
By the end of 2006, Intel expects multicore processors to make up 70% of all desktop processors it supplies, and 85% of server processors.
"While the Extreme Edition is a high-end product, with the launch of Pentium D, we are making a major foray into the volume zone, as we prepare ourselves for the transition to the multicore processor era," said Kazaumasa Yoshida, president of Japan-based Intel KK.
Yoshida added that Intel has 15 multicore processors in development.
Intel also announced the shipment of Intel 945G Express Chipset, a platform that will be useful for security patches and diagnostics by providing the base for Active Management Technology. It will come with the optional Intel PRO/1000 PM network adapter and newcomer Hyper-Threading Technology 1600 sequence.
This is all part of the Intel Professional Business Platform that enables IT managers more hands-on security even when systems are turned off or have failed hard drives and operating systems.
When bought in 1000 unit qualities, prices run as follows: Pentium D 840, 830 and 820 are $530, $316 and $241; the Intel Pentium 4 Processor supporting HT Technology 670 is $851; Intel 945G and 945P Express Chipsets are $42 and $38.
New platform based systems and motherboards are shipping today.