Date: March 23rd, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth
(Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Intel
INTEL CORPORATE PROFILE
For more than three decades, Intel Corporation has developed
technology enabling the computer and Internet revolution that has changed
the world. Founded in 1968 to build semiconductor memory products, Intel
introduced the world's first microprocessor in 1971. Today, Intel supplies
the computing and communications industries with chips, boards, systems,
and software building blocks that are the "ingredients" of computers,
servers and networking and communications products. These products are
used by industry members to create advanced computing and communications
systems. Intel's mission is to be the preeminent building block supplier
to the Internet economy.
Intel's newest core revision can be summed up relatively
easily. The prescott core not meant to dwarf the performance numbers
of the older northwood counterpart, but was created to take advantage
of the newer 90nm production process, allow for higher clock frequency
scaling along with the addition of the new enhanced SSE3 instruction
set and a larger L1 and L2 on-die cache. When the word came about that
the prescott core was to be on the market, the unfortunate relative
time frame coincided with AMD's release of their new Athlon64 line of
processors. Due to this occurrence, people starting raving that the
Prescott was meant to be Intel's defensive tactic against their rival's
64-bit based alternative. This can't be any farther from the truth.
Just in case you didn't know, this version of the prescott
core is still for 32-bit computing. It is not meant to compete against
64-bit computing. It is a minor core revision with some enhanced features
and is based on a more refined manufacturing process and that is all.
Some people were negatively portraying the Prescott to be a failure
because its performance numbers didn't blast the northwoods out of the
But it never was meant to.....