Ome Tom heeft vandaag evenals 5000 andere mensen de eerste dag van het Intel Developers Forum bezocht, wat hem onderscheid van alle andere mensen is da hij er een interessant verhaaltje over heeft geschreven. Onderwerpen die aan de orde komen zijn: NetBurst, Peer-to-Peer netwerken, DDR chipsets voor de Pentium 4 en de snelheid van de Pentium 4 vergeleken met dat van de Pentium III. Hieronder een stukje over de laatste twee punten:
Intel somewhat confirmed the well known performance deficiencies of the P4 on an instruction per clockcycle (IPC) level. We asked Intel's Jeff Austin, IA-32 Desktop Launch Manager to comment on the news that the Pentium 4 often performs 20 to 25% slower than the Pentium III on an IPC basis, and he admitted that there were issues, but there will be further discussion of this in a session later this week. We commend Mr. Austin for his honesty and look forward to learning more from Intel later this week about this novel processor.
[...] Also in Jeff Austin's Desktop Products Overview session, we were told definitively that Intel is exploring DDR-SDRAM for the Pentium 4. Intel had already admitted in July that it is planning to develop an SDRAM-based chipset for the Pentium 4, but Monday's announcement represents its first concession that the company is also considering DDR-SDRAM for the chip. This is a huge turn around from Spring IDF when the Santa Clara based company had promised that the Pentium 4 would only run with RDRAM. This can only be more sobering news to the embattled Rambus.