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Intel pushes 'East Fork' home PC 'back to Q1 2006'

Whither Anchor Creek?

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Intel's bid to put its processors at the heart of future living room PCs will not take place until early next year, motherboard-maker moles have claimed.

The unnamed sources, cited by Taiwan's DigiTimes, allege Intel's home PC platform, 'East Fork', was originally planned to ship in H2 2005 but will now debut in Q1 2006.

The existence of 'East Fork' as Intel's PC platform for the digital home emerged in November 2004. However, come early 2005 and the formal announcement of Intel's strategic shift to sell platforms rather than separate silicon products, its home desktop platform was announced to be 'Anchor Creek'.

Anchor Creek comprises the Pentium D and Extreme Edition processors, coupled with Intel's 955X and 945G chipsets. At the time of the platform's announcement, East Fork wasn't mentioned, and we speculated it might refer to the higher end incarnation of Anchor Creek.

Four months on, and talk of East Fork is starting up again, with the indication that the platform might also incorporate the notebook-oriented Pentium M. Again, the Pentium D and 945 chipset are allied to the platform, along with a Gigabit Ethernet controller 'Tekoa', and the 'Calexico 2' 802.11a/b/g wireless adaptor.

The Taiwanese sources suggest moving East Fork's debut to Q1 2006 has been done to tie it in to the 65nm generations of both the Pentium D - 'Presler' - and the Pentium M - 'Yonah'. Presler, at least, is expected to incorporate Intel's Virtualisation Technology (VT), which may prove to be central to enabling East Fork as a multi-user, multi-OS system.

Next year will also see the arrival of 'Broadwater', the successor to the 945 chipset family. Anchor Creek will be accompanied by 'Lyndon', Intel's office PC platform. Lyndon is based on the same technology, but incorporates Active Management Technology (AMT). ®

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