Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Sep 2010 20:32 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Intel On a Windows Vista or Vindows 7 disk, all versions of the operating system are present, from Starter to Ultimate, and everything in between. So, if you want too upgrade to a more capable version of Windows down the road, all you need to do is pop the Windows disk in, let Windows Anytime Upgrade do its thing, and you're done. It seems like Intel is experimenting with a similar technology... For its processors.
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RE[2]: Are they sure ?
by TemporalBeing on Mon 20th Sep 2010 18:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Are they sure ?"
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"I still can't understand how I can buy a physical thing (a piece of hardware I can touch!) but limited to use only some parts.

It already happens with CPUs: AMD's x3 range processors are just quad-core chips with one core disabled.

The difference here is unlocking the 4th core is free but unsupported as most of the time it's disabled due to a manufacturing defect. However there are plenty of tri-core AMDs floating about that had a working 4th core locked purely to meet quotas.

Where do you think Intel Celeron processors originated from? Crippling their Pentium II/III/IV equivalents by hardware techniques for QA purposes. Later on they became their own line; but it was pure profit at first.

The difference now is that they are planning to disable parts of the processor essentially via the processor's microcode; then add a card, which loads some special software to tell the microcode to re-enable those parts of the processor, charging a chunk for the card.

Of course the question then becomes: Where is this card going to plug in? And does it have to always be plugged in? Or do you plug-in it, install the update, then remove it and go on your merry way? If it has to stay in, then how many of these upgrades can you do?

Logically, this doesn't make much sense unless they're going to use something like a USB key to unlock it, then have you toss they key once it's been used. If you have to have a permanent card in your system to enable the functionality, then you can only enable so many additional functionalities depending on how they run it.

And of course you come back to the whole problem of "Requires Windows or Mac", though Intel does enough with Linux that it would be highly likely (but not guaranteed) to have Linux/UNIX support too.

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