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Digital home, office platforms anchor on dual cores

Posted: 10 Jun 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:intel microelectronics? core processor? pc security? system management?

During the recent Intel Technology Showcase held at the Shangrila Hotel in Makati City, Philippines, Intel Microelectronics Phil. Inc. has introduced a dual core processor to resolve the high-end computing and multitasking issues of home and office platforms. The company demonstrated how these platforms enable consumers to do more simultaneous events with their digital content, and provide better business to enhance PC security, system management and collaboration capabilities.

"Today, we are witnessing the embodiment of what we call the era of platformization," said Ricky Banaag, country manager of Intel Microelectronics Phil. "We strive to keep on innovating and integrating new features into our home and office platforms as we continue to see and feel the evolution of various usage models in the market," Banaag added.

Anchoring on its new Pentium D processor, Intel presents the new dual core technology in the market, allowing users to perform multiple tasks such as video editing, digital rendering and extreme gaming while running other background PC tasks seamlessly. With the power and features of the Intel 945G, Intel 945P and Intel 955X Express chipsets, the platform provides a high bandwidth PCI Express interface, speedstep technology, dual channel DDR2 memory, integrated serial ATA controller at maximum rate of 3Gbps. Moreover, with appropriate 64bit supporting hardware and software, platforms based on an Intel processor supporting EM64 technology can enable use of extend virtual and physical memory.

According to Intel's recent survey, more people across Asia-Pacific are using their home PCs for entertainment. Mainland China, Taiwan and South Korea recorded a significant increase of consumers using their PCs for entertainment with growth rates of 97 percent, 51 percent and 34 percent, respectively. More than half of those surveyed in these countries said that entertainment was their primary reason for PC usage, as compared to business-related activities, communication or education purposes.

"Computer usage inside the home is radically changing," said Banaag. "With the growth of digital and premium content as well as the surging demand for digital devices and broadband access, the role of the computer is no longer confined to simple desktop jobs like word processing." Today's home caters a sweet haven for consuming digital content such as photo viewing and editing, music and video downloading, and extreme gaming. With these tasks on hand, the call to push for higher CPU processing tasks is inevitable.

"Dual cores play a significant role in the digital home and we want to make sure that the consumer would be able to reap the benefits of having one in their own PCs," Banaag claimed.

Office PC platform

Also at the technology showcase, Intel introduced its new platform technology for office PCs--the professional business platform. Designed to cultivate a seamless operation of tasks within office premises, the latest platform combines Intel's advanced security, management and collaboration technologies, and packages them at mainstream price points. The enhancements include the introduction of Intel's active management technology and the stable image platform program. These enhancements help enable IT managers to monitor, install security patches or diagnose problems on their networks even if they are turned off or have experienced HDD failure.

The company believes that the digital home and office ecosystem continue to absorb the influx of compute-intensive tasks. With the continuing rise of digital content, consumers are not only using their home and office PCs to do more things, but are also enjoying them in new and exciting ways. These usages are driving the need for PCs that multitask, manage multi-users and their personal content, and include consumer electronics-like features such as surround sound audio and high-resolution graphics.

Dual core processors enhance the work efficiency of PCs by allowing a smooth and seamless operation of tasks. The versatility that these processors offer, play a key ingredient in hastening not just the quality of work being done by the machine but also of the user. "Intel's home and office platforms mark a new era in personal computing that matches the way people are increasingly using their PCs to work, communicate, entertain and play," Banaag said. "With dual core processors powering today's home and office PCs, multitasking can easily be managed and users may be able to sit back and relax while consuming high optimum content."

- Rey Buan Jr.

Electronics Engineering Times- Asia

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