May 7th, 2004

pixelated

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Ah, so it all becomes clear. The reason Intel introduced part-numbers for their CPUs rather than marketing them on clockspeed is that they're ditching the high clock-speed Pentium 4 core for future desktops in favour of a lower clocked but higher IPC (instructions per clock) core based on the Pentium-M (which is an incremental improvement of the old Pentium III, which is itself a direct ancestor of the Pentium Pro from 1996).

Though apparently the Pentium-M does have a fair amount of Pentium 4 technology in it, such as improved branch prediction (sort of important when you've a 30 stage pipeline, but helps regardless).

Also interesting to see Intel are going multi-core on the server platform too.