Intel VP 'NC is niche product'

Intel VP 'NC is niche product'

The future of computing, according to Intel, clearly involves fast processors, local storage devices and fast network connections, both for the office and home PCs.

"Intel has made its biggest fundamental change with its processor architecture since the 386, when it began incorporating its MMX (multimedia extensions) technology within the microprocessor," said Sean Maloney, Intel's vice-president of sales and general manager for the Asia-Pacific region. "Multimedia, which really began to take off in 1994, is requiring higher amounts of processing power."

Maloney also says that the current cost is now $US7 per mips, down from $US100 per mips a year ago. According to Maloney, the new network computer being touted by numerous vendors, especially Oracle, will become a niche product. Big corporations are looking to regain control of their computing resources; however, small business and home users do not have the infrastructure to sustain the network computer, he said. "Networked multimedia, or delivering multimedia applications over a network, require much more bandwidth and local processing power than can be used by the network computer," he said.

"Local storage, which will not be found in great quantities on the network computer, is required for this update."

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