Intel Runs Marathon
New chips to ship

Intel is already inside just about everything, but at this year's show, the veteran chipmaker is showing off a host of new products and innovations. Among Intel's most notable offerings are the next-generation XScale processors for mobile gadgets such as PDAs and cellular phones. Code-named Marathon and Bulverde, the chips promise to vastly improve the multimedia experience on handheld convergence devices. The quality of sound and video playback will vastly improve, but gamers will likely be most excited about crisp screen quality (1024x768 resolutions are promised) and what Intel is calling a "compelling 3D experience." Enabled handheld devices will have a 2D fill rate (150 million pixels per second) and 3D rendering capabilities (944,000 triangles per second) more than suitable for playing games on the go. Also on display at Intel's booth: the gamecentric Pentium 4 Extreme Edition CPUs, the next-generation PC DT platform, code-named Grantsdale/Alderwood, and the next wave of mobile Centrino processors for notebooks.


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