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Streaming DTCP/IP video


In the digital home arena, one of the cornerstones of encouraging pervasive sharing of digital media is security. To this end, we have been hearing about Intel's DTCP/IP (Digital Transmission Content Protection over IP). This time around, Intel was able to demonstrate this technology delivering movies using RealNetworks streaming media. Part of the demonstration involved running two streaming movies using DTCP/IP on one computer (on two different televisions). Intel also stated that Microsoft would officially be supporting DTCP/IP in an upcoming version of Windows Media Center Edition. While we are always cautious about the privacy and fair use concerns that could come up with such content protection schemes, we absolutely hope that this will end up becoming an unobtrusive content protection scheme that will do nothing but encourage content providers to move to digital delivery systems.

iAMT for Manageability

Intel didn't elaborate a great deal on this topic. Apparently, iAMT (active management technology) is going to try to move management tasks into Silicon. Though very vague, we got the impression that iAMT would focus on identifying different types of problems and taking some kind of automated action to correct issues. Cutting down time a technician needs to deal with relatively simple problems could significantly help companies save money on computer support costs. We will try to find out more about iAMT if we can this week.

Back to the Future: Cache and Parallelism


cache fabbed on 65nm process technology


Its not surprising that with the shift of focus away from megahertz and toward parallelism, cache technology would gain more and more focus. If Intel is really going to start pushing multithreaded applications and parallel computer, lager cache sizes will be necessary to compensate for the increased number of processes that will want to have data stored on chip. As an extension of the EE line, it has seemed obvious that Intel would be brining a 2MB cache version of prescott P4s to the end user. Intel, today, confirmed the future of a 2MB cache P4, referred to as a Pentium 4 with a "performance oriented SKU." Much time was also spent talking about the Centrino line and other various technologies that incorporate higher parallelism. The most interesting of which was a demo of their dual core Itanium processor.
Index Pushing Parallelism
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  • idgaf13 - Tuesday, September 7, 2004 - link

    Can we just be try to be objective when analyzying the data ?
    I expect "more" from the Intels and IBMs
    in the industry.
    The volume and prowess of their engineering departments should be an awesome force to reckon with.
    Intel has not had a demonstrable lead in design or manufacturing in several years.
    They have only been maintaining parity with the competition.
    They intially argued against the need for 13 micron and smaller die shrink ,they followed the lead of IBM and AMD. And followed again when copper replaced aluminum in the CPU.
    RDRAM and Itanium 2 good ideas ?
    I have seen no benefit as a result of them.
    The die shrink and change of substrate have definitely benefited the user.
    Intels marketing sounds more and more like a
    MS marketing campaign and less like a demonstration of engineering prowess.
    I certainly hope the balance of the IDF will yield some demonstrations of engineering prowess that Intel has.
    To think that they are intimidated to the point of not releasing info is amazing to me.
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  • Questar - Tuesday, September 7, 2004 - link

    #5,

    Look at the slides, they say dual core desktop in 2005.

    Why demo a sual core p4, they just showed a chip 1.7 billion transistors. There's no point in showing a p4 when you have the big gun on stage.

    Get back to me when you're doing real time weather simulation on an AMD chip, okay?
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  • Night201 - Tuesday, September 7, 2004 - link

    I have that National Geographic issue shown on Page 3. That's so cool! It's a great article if anyone can read it. Maybe I'll scan it one day. Reply
  • Falloutboy - Tuesday, September 7, 2004 - link

    as I figured no dual core p4 or P-M demonstration. I think 2005 is going to be a long shot for them if they don't even have anything to show now. Only reason I can think other than they really are BSing how far they are on a desktop dual core chip is that its not what we all expect and they don't want to give AMD the heads up too early Reply
  • DerekWilson - Tuesday, September 7, 2004 - link

    Sorry bout that. the network went down right before I could hit post on the third page. but the net finally came back up and now all is well. Reply
  • Saist - Tuesday, September 7, 2004 - link

    ah, there's page 3.

    For a while I was wondering if Anandtech was acting out a scene from SpaceBalls.
    Reply
  • sprockkets - Tuesday, September 7, 2004 - link

    I guess the article is still in progress.

    That's what I like about the Athlon 64, no stupid large caches necessary.
    Reply
  • mcveigh - Tuesday, September 7, 2004 - link

    wheres page 3? Reply

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