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  IDF Spring 2003, Convergence of Technology 
  Feb 27, 2003, 09:30am EST 
 
By: Sander Sassen

IDF Spring 2003 wasn't as feature-packed as the previous one and we didn't have much news to report on. It was again five days of tech-talk and presentations about all the latest and greatest Intel has been working on in the past few months. Naturally we again enjoyed the wireless 802.11a access throughout the convention center, a warm bed and breakfast and last but certainly not least good food and a chance to meet up with developers, analysists and press people from around the globe that were also attending the conference.

If we had to rate which products or technologies we were impressed by most wed certainly give the new Prescott core for the Pentium 4 top honors, provided Intel can deliver on time to counter AMD's launch of their Athlon-64. The presentations about the technological advances found in the Prescott over that of the current Pentium 4 core certainly look and sound like they will bring a significant performance boost. And naturally the Pentium-M, previously known as Banias, the new mobile architecture, which should finally bring extended battery life without compromises in performance. From the Centrino, the new brand name for the mobile Pentium-M platform, notebooks we've seen, it certainly looks like we'll get additional hours of battery life and a chipset that has everything but the kitchen-sink integrated.

In summary we had a great time at IDF, the keynotes were entertaining and usually informative and the tracks and roundtables showed what progress Intel and other manufacturers had made since IDF Fall in September of last year. And Ill have to be honest that some indeed have gotten quite some work done since then, the industry might be in a slump, but some of the engineers certainly are still willing to give it their best. Overall a great conference and as you can see from our coverage one worth attending, were certainly planning on checking in again for IDF Fall 2003 to monitor the then current state of technology.

Below youll find a summary of our coverage of IDF Spring 2003, click the links to be forwarded to the article of your interest. Please take notice that some of these articles feature streaming video content that requires the Microsoft Windows Media Player to be installed.

IDF, R/C car race, MHz doesn't matter - 26-02-2003, 7:30am
http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/article/1598/

IDF, Product Showcase and Racecars - 20-02-2003, 6:00pm
http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/article/1597/

IDF, Centrino and Prescott - 19-02-2003, 4:00pm
http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/article/1595/

IDF, Convergence of Technology - 18-02-2003, 8:00pm
http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/article/1594/

Welcome to IDF Spring 2003 17-02-2003, 6:00pm
http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/article/1592/

We hope youve enjoyed our IDF Spring 2003 coverage, if you however have any questions, tips or suggestions, be sure to drop us an email and wed be happy to answer your questions or requests.

Sander Sassen.


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