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Intel has tapped a former DEC chip engineer as one of its prestigious Fellows. They call him Peter Bannon, but we suspect a better name might be Mr. Tanglewood.

Bannon, 41, will work as director of Intel's Itanic processor family. He has spent 19 years designing processors for HP, Comaq and DEC. Until yesterday, he was hammering away on Alpha processor designs for HP.

Bannon is part of the engineer swap program that has been going on since Compaq committed Alphacide and turned its intellectual property over to Intel. Former Alpha folks have been busy working away on Itanium and some of their most significant contributions are to appear in the Tanglewood processor.

Intel is still hush hush about Tanglewood, but documents seen by The Register show quite clearly that the old Alpha team has been working on the chip. Our friend Bannon also happens to live in Massachusetts, which is a strange coincidence. Tanglewood is one of the nicest spots to catch the Boston Symphony Orchestra in that state.

The Tanglewood chip should be one of the more impressive engines to come out of Intel's Itanium division. It will have a number of processor cores on one chip and consume less energy that current Itanic's.

No wonder Bannon has been given the honor of being an Intel Fellow in such a short time. ®

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