Intel Corp was to launch the next generation of its flagship Pentium 4 microprocessor yesterday, adding more memory to the chip and other features that should allow it to reach record speeds of up to 4 gigahertz by the end of the year. \nThe processor code-named Prescott will be available at speeds ranging from 2.8 GHz to 3.2 GHz, with a 3.4 GHz model expected within a few months, said Bill Siu, vice president and general manager of Intel's Desktop Platforms Group. \nThe updated Pentium 4 will have 125 million transistors, up from about 55 million in the previous models. Most of those tiny switches will be devoted to doubling the memory on each chip from 512 kilobytes to 1 megabyte, Siu said. \nThe chips will be physically smaller as Intel, for the first time, deployed an updated process technology that creates chip features as small as 90 nanometers. That also will make production more efficient, because more die can be made from each silicon wafer. \n"This is, we think, a very exciting and important milestone not just for Intel but for the industry," Siu said. \nHe declined to comment on reports that Intel added circuits that would eventually enable strict, hardware-based security -- and possibly iron-fisted copyright protection schemes. \nIntel also would not comment on whether its latest chip might someday support 64-bit extensions, which would make it possible to add memory beyond today's 4 gigabyte limit. \nAdvanced Micro Devices Inc is already selling 64-bit chips for desktops, even though most software does not yet support it. \n"Our position has always been Intel will offer these capabilities when the ecosystem, including operating systems and other things, is there to support it," Siu said. \nIntel has in the past added features to a new processor but only switched them on later. In 2002, it released the Pentium 4 with Hyper-Threading, which tricks the operating system into thinking a PC has two chips instead of one. Hyper-Threading was inside previous Pentium 4s, but not enabled. \nPrices of the new Prescott chips, when purchased in bulk, range from US$178 for the 2.8 GHz model to US$417 for the 3.4 GHz version.
SCHEDULE: The delegation is due to meet with President Tsai Ing-wen this morning and witness the signing of an MOU on bilateral health cooperation in the afternoon US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar yesterday arrived in Taipei aboard a US government plane at the head of a delegation that is the highest-level visit by a US official since Washington switched diplomatic recognition to China in 1979. Azar’s flight landed at Taipei International Airport (Songshan airport) at 4:48pm, nearly one hour earlier than scheduled, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. The apron where it landed is reserved for military aircraft, the Songshan Air Force Base Command said. The members of Azar’s delegation included HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Robert Kadlec, HHS Chief of Staff Brian
ALEX AZAR: The first visit by a head of the Department of Health and Human Services would strictly observe the CECC’s special regulations, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said US Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar is to lead a delegation to Taiwan — the highest-level visit by a US Cabinet official since the two sides cut formal relations in 1979. The plan was announced yesterday morning by the US Department of Health and Human Services and confirmed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Beijing has expressed its concerns to Washington, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Wang Wenbin (汪文斌) said later yesterday. Taiwan and the US only issued statements saying that the visit would happen “in the coming days.” MOFA said that due to security concerns, it would
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