IDF - Nehalem 'out in the future,' Intel says

A senior Intel executive confirmed Tuesday that the company is working on a project code-named Nehalem but would not comment on details of the project or whether the code name refers to a successor for the company's Pentium 4 processor.

Nehalem was first mentioned in an interview with Intel engineer Doug Carmean posted on -- and later removed from -- Intel's Web site. In that interview, Carmean said that Nehalem was a chip based on a new architecture that is different from the Pentium 4 and would likely begin shipping in 2004. That has led to speculation among some observers that Nehalem could be a successor to the Pentium 4.

"Nehalem is a fine word that people have tried to associate things to but we won't comment on it," said Louis Burns, vice president and co-general manager of Intel's Desktop Platforms Group, speaking to the press at the Intel Developer Forum here. "It's out in the future, we'll just leave it at that."

Whatever Nehalem may be, Intel sees plenty of performance headroom left in the Pentium 4 architecture and plans to develop additional chips based on that design. In 2003, the company plans to release an updated version of the Pentium 4, code-named Prescott, which will be produced using a 90-nanometer process and incorporate several improvements over existing Pentium 4 models, Burns said.

Prescott will not be the last Pentium 4 chip, Burns said.

"We will continue to enhance and improve the (Pentium 4) architecture and, like I said, there's certainly nothing to say about Nehalem," he said.

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Sumner Lemon

Computerworld
Show Comments

Brand Post

Shining a light on creativity

MSI has long pushed the boundaries of invention with its ever-evolving range of laptops but it has now pulled off a world first with the new MSI Creative 17.

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Tom Pope

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G

Ultimately this laptop has achieved everything I would hope for in a laptop for work, while fitting that into a form factor and weight that is remarkable.

Tom Sellers

MSI P65

This smart laptop was enjoyable to use and great to work on – creating content was super simple.

Lolita Wang

MSI GT76

It really doesn’t get more “gaming laptop” than this.

Jack Jeffries

MSI GS75

As the Maserati or BMW of laptops, it would fit perfectly in the hands of a professional needing firepower under the hood, sophistication and class on the surface, and gaming prowess (sports mode if you will) in between.

Taylor Carr

MSI PS63

The MSI PS63 is an amazing laptop and I would definitely consider buying one in the future.

Christopher Low

Brother RJ-4230B

This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?