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IDF Intel is to introduce hyperthreading to the desktop next year with Prescott, the codename for the next major iteration of desktop class Pentium 4s.

Prescott is slated to ship in volume the second half of 2003 and is to be built using the as-yet-unintroduced 90nm manufacturing process, Intel veep Louis Burns revealed today at The Intel Developers Forum (IDF). Intel is working with the software industry to ensure that apps are available to take advantage of hyperthreading when Prescott is introduced.

The "base platform" for Prescott will incorporate integrated wireless networking, gigabit ethernet, USB 2.0 and Serial ATA. Prescott will see Intel also "continue to drive to integrated graphics, Burns says. However, he was not in aggressive mode - the company wants to work closely with discrete graphics partners.

During Burns' keynote, a 4GHz P4 was demoed, using admittedly "exotic" cooling technology. Although not explicitly stated, this is the kind of speed we can expect to see with Prescott, considering that a 3GHz air-cooled demo P4, outed at Intel CEO Craig Barrett's demo on Monday, is expected to ship at the back end of this year.

The announcement of the base or concept platform for Prescott, marks a new development for Intel. The company says it will introduce PC concept platforms in future at each IDF Spring. This will be supported by the full publication of specs at IDF Fall, with the intention of shipping product for the following IDF spring. ®

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