Intel has warned it will not disclose details of its plans for Rambus memory technology at its developers forum in California this week.
While the hottest in 64-bit processing technology, faster Pentium III Xeon processors and a new StrongARM chip for mobile devices will be unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Jose, California this week, Intel acknowledged that there will be no technical sessions thrashing out its memory roadmap at the conference.
The company earlier this year called for its future processors to be packaged with RambusDRAM (dynamic RAM) instead of the more accepted and less costly SDRAM (synchronous DRAM). Several developments, including the recall of Intel's 820 chipsets equipped with SDRAM, have brought about speculation that the company is in two minds as to its position.
Meanwhile, Intel will preview a number of new technologies for servers, PCs and wireless devices at the IDF. The company is also expected to fill in details on the Pentium 4 line of processors, including a new architecture called NetBurst that will come with 144 new multimedia instructions for better graphics and sound, and be able to handle tasks such as data encryption and streaming video.
A new line of small, power efficient StrongARM chips for handhelds, personal digital assistants and cell phones, will also be demonstrated.
The second generation StrongARM processor - the SA-2 for mobile devices - is the first StrongARM designed by Intel since its acquisition of Digital Equipment's semiconductor operations two years ago.
During his keynote speech later today, Intel chief executive Craig Barrett is expected to announce the company's 1Ghz two-way Xeon processor for workstations and servers, as well as furnish further details on the StrongARM chips for mobile devices.
Intel will also launch a peer-to-peer business initiative and demonstrate its Universal Serial Bus 2.0 products which are scheduled to be available before the end of the year.
The company said the number of software vendors attending the event has tripled since the previous forum earlier this year, and has been moved from Palm Springs to San Jose to accommodate the larger number of attendees.
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