Exclusive Intel Product Roadmap Details

By Jim Louderback  |  Posted 2003-02-27 Print this article Print

Special Report: We've got the explosive details about all of Intel's CPU and chipset plans for the next two years. Today: kiss the CPU pins goodbye, a "NewCard" slot for wireless and how Centrino will over-power PIII-M.

Oh boy, do we ever have the goods on Intel. Our crack reporter, Mark Hachman, got his hands on some killer information – basically Intels entire roadmap for the next few years.
Its way too much for just one article, so weve got him slaving over the keyboard, banging out the information as fast as he can.
Tomorrow well lay out more on Intels mobile, desktop and server roadmap. Today, weve got detailed looks at three upcoming projects that should change desktop and mobile computing over the next year or so. Secret Centrino Features: Up first, our exclusive look at four hidden features inside the Banias, or Centrino processor that will allow it to deliver better battery life than the Pentium III-M. These features, which include device performance state monitoring and an optimized LCD inverter are part of the "Enhanced Battery Life Initiative." Pinless Tejas: Intels follow-on to Prescott, the Pentium 4 variant detailed at this years IDF, is due out in the second half of 2004. It includes a breakthrough feature: no pins. CPU upgrades should be significantly easier, given the new waffle design, and bent pins will become just a bad memory. Weve even got pictures of how itll work! Grantsdale Chipset: PCI Express will finally arrive in the fall of 2004 when Intel releases its Grantsdale chipset. Not only do we have details about other innovations, including a new graphics core, and the "NewCard" expansion format for wireless, weve even tracked down where the codename actually comes from (think big sky country). Note to home builders: this may mean redesigning your PC from scratch!. Make sure you stop by ExtremeTech tomorrow, as we continue our exclusive look at Intels future product plans. Latest Core PC Stories
With more than 20 years experience in consulting, technology, computers and media, Jim Louderback has pioneered many significant new innovations.

While building computer systems for Fortune 100 companies in the '80s, Jim developed innovative client-server computing models, implementing some of the first successful LAN-based client-server systems. He also created a highly successful iterative development methodology uniquely suited to this new systems architecture.

As Lab Director at PC Week, Jim developed and refined the product review as an essential news story. He expanded the lab to California, and created significant competitive advantage for the leading IT weekly.

When he became editor-in-chief of Windows Sources in 1995, he inherited a magazine teetering on the brink of failure. In six short months, he turned the publication into a money-maker, by refocusing it entirely on the new Windows 95. Newsstand sales tripled, and his magazine won industry awards for excellence of design and content.

In 1997, Jim launched TechTV's content, creating and nurturing a highly successful mix of help, product information, news and entertainment. He appeared in numerous segments on the network, and hosted the enormously popular Fresh Gear show for three years.

In 1999, he developed the 'Best of CES' awards program in partnership with CEA, the parent company of the CES trade show. This innovative program, where new products were judged directly on the trade show floor, was a resounding success, and continues today.

In 2000, Jim began developing, a daily, live, 8 hour TechTV news program called TechLive. Called 'the CNBC of Technology,' TechLive delivered a daily day-long dose of market news, product information, technology reporting and CEO interviews. After its highly successful launch in April of 2001, Jim managed the entire organization, along with setting editorial direction for the balance of TechTV.

In the summer or 2002, Jim joined Ziff Davis Media to be Editor-In-Chief and Vice President of Media Properties, including ExtremeTech.com, Microsoft Watch, and the websites for PC Magazine, eWeek and ZDM's gaming publications.


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