Intel has launched four desktop chipsets supporting its new hyper-threading technology, which will debut in desktop PCs later this year.
Hyper-threading enables server software programs to run as though there are two processors available with only one processor physically in place, and will be introduced later this year on desktop PCs with a 3.06GHz Pentium 4.
The company claims that the technology can deliver up to 25 per cent more performance for many mainstream and business applications.
The new chipsets also support dual-channel PC 1066 RDRam, which Intel said allows users to enjoy a richer PC experience with broadband audio and video content, games, music, photos and movies.
IDC chip analyst Shane Rau explained that the introduction of hyper-threading will see Intel's competitors racing to match its performance.
"I doubt that Intel will license [hyper-threading] as a trademarked technology to competitors so that it can become mainstream," he said.
"I do think that its presence will mainstream the level of performance that it represents, meaning that other chipset competitors will bring forth their own techniques of improving performance, or quietly mimic Intel's."
However, others were more sceptical. Gartner analyst Brian Gammage said: "At the moment, PCs are far more powerful than we actually need.
"The key thing in these new chipsets is the hyper-threading technology and there is the potential for some strong performance benefits. How practical it is remains to be seen."
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