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Intel brings virtualization to the desktop

Posted: 17 Nov 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Intel Corp. rolled out a pair of desktop microprocessors, which for the first time are bundled with the companys long-awaited Vanderpool virtualization technology.

The new processors include the Pentium 4 processor 672 and 662. Intel's Vanderpool virtualization technology allows a platform to run multiple operating systems or applications in independent partitions or "containers" that can be tailored for specific needs, such as IT management services and protecting networked assets, according to Intel (Santa Clara, Calif.).

"In the future, home PC users will be able to create virtual 'partitions' isolating several user environments such as dedicated Web browsing resources, productivity software applications, personal video recorders and offering service providers access for remote diagnosis and repairs," according to Intel.

Industry virtualization solution providers, including VMware, Microsoft and Xen, have joined Intel to support this technology. The chip giant first started talking about Vanderpool back in 2003.

Last week, Intel announced that it is shipping Xeon processors with hardware-enabled support for Intel Virtualization Technology. The company will support visualization technology for Centrino mobile-based platforms in 2006. It will begin shipping this same technology on Intel Itanium processor-based platforms in mid-2006.

The Intel Pentium 4 processor 672 and 662 are priced at $605 and $401 respectively, in 1,000-unit quantities.

- Mark LaPedus

EE Times

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