CPUs: The Road To Tomorrow

Faster clock speeds, smaller die sizes, and more cache are what we’ve come to expect each year from the major desktop CPU vendors—and 2003 didn’t disappoint. As always, AMD and Intel led the charge in the high-end CPU war, with the Intel Pentium 4, based on the Northwood core, and the AMD Athlon 64. Apple partnered with IBM to come up with a new architecture for its PowerPC processors, and with smaller manufacturer VIA, better known in Europe and Asia, which spent last year revving its C3 CPU’s clock speed and trying to gain more ground in the U.S.

This year, AMD and Intel have ratcheted up the battle by doggedly promoting gaming-centric chips, which push the performance curve to the extreme.

Apple and IBM are playing their dual G5 plans close to the vest. Speculation is, however, that they will move to a 90-nanometer (90-nm) process and possibly a dual-core design.

Read the article at PCMagazine.


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