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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-04-24 Print this article Print

Intel plans to release some exciting products over the next 18 months, Otellini said. The Madison chip will go into production mid-year, and the second half of the year will see the launch of a product code-named Deerfield, another member of the Itanium system aimed at lower power systems customized for two-way and workstation environments. "So we are taking the architecture down, but we dont want to take our eyes off the high-end performance. Over the next 24 months, you will see us bring out another version of the chip with much larger caches and new silicon technology. Beyond that, in 2005, youll see another version of the chip using multiple cores.
"These chips will take the absolute performance up another two to three times where the Superdome machine is today. We also have in development our first billion transistor chip microprocessor that is another member of the Itanium family to come out in a few more years and will move performance up by a factor of ten," Otellini told the cheering audience.
Ballmer, moving to include the SMB sector as well, said that some two-thirds of servers today are used in small and medium-sized businesses. Microsoft plans to release Windows Small Business Server 2003 in a few months, which will simplify the configuration and connection of remote users and make accessing work computers from home over the Web easier to configure and manage, he said. "Windows Server 2003 is part of a connected group of Microsoft products that span the IT infrastructure, application infrastructure and information worker infrastructure. We have 220 applications ready to run on the product today, with another 2,500 due over the next 180 days. Some 86,000 partners have been trained on the product so far. Microsoft is on a rock solid foundation of reliability, security and manageability, and we will continue to provide better products and tools with greater security," he concluded. Latest Microsoft News:

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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