Super fast chips on the way

Intel has announced plans to introduce performance-enhancing technology, known as Hyperthreading, to desktop computers by the end of the year.

Speaking at yesterday's Intel Developer Forum in California, Intel's vice president Paul Otellini, said the technology would give Intel "the competitive advantage [and the] market advantage".

The technology offers two main benefits, firstly, in simple terms, it allows the chip to multitask, so that different applications, such as complex calculations and graphics processing, can be carried out simultaneously.

According to Otellini, this can boost chip performance by as much as 30 percent.

Secondly, it delivers faster response times so that applications, whether tuned to Hyperthreading or not, will run faster. Windows XP is just one of the applications already tuned to the technology.

The technology will appear in the 3GHz Pentium 4 desktop processor, due at the end of this year.

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