Phantom P7 processor sparks debate

Phantom P7 processor sparks debate

Joining the ranks of the Loch Ness Monster and Big Foot may soon be the Intel P7 processor. Like the aforementioned beasts, its very existence is a subject for debate. The long and short of it: although Intel officials in Australia deny all knowledge of a 300MHz P7 processor, an Australian PC enthusiast says he has the power-packed processor installed in his computer.

As initially reported in Computerworld, the source, who requested anonymity, says the motherboard clearly sports the P7 processor. "This chip is not only a true 32-bit system racer, it has increased capabilities for 16-bit applications," he said. "It's multitasking facilities could pose a real threat to the Alpha board."

That's certainly a surprise to Intel managing director Tony Jansz. "After the initial story ran, I checked further into it and I can categorically state that there is no P7 in Australia," Jansz told Australian Reseller News. "The specs the guy is talking about are, in fact, P6-centric. We know the road maps we're working from and the P7 doesn't exist here."

Even so, the source reports the Intel P7 motherboard contains the following features:

An estimated performance of 299.632MHz at 37.9W; More than six million transistors in the CPU core (as opposed to 5.5 million transistors in the P6), and an estimated 16 million in the secondary cache; Mips capabilities that "significantly boost I/O processing";Connections of up to three parallel ports (as opposed to only one on the existing P6 motherboard);Up to three com ports (as opposed to two on the existing P6 motherboard); An internal SCSI connection; Simultaneous read and write capabilities to the hard disk; No sequential executions;Dynamic branch prediction.

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