Longhorn will enable new Intel processor features

By Phantasm66
Sep 8, 2004
  1. New Intel processors will have extended security technology built into them that is completely beyond the capacities of today's chips, however the technology will not be available to use until we have the Longhorn OS from Microsoft, it was revealed.

    The improved processors will also have better parallelism and will be much more reliable, according to Intel. But again, this will require the software support of Longhorn, as are technologies such as "Vanderpool", which "splits system into several virtual parts that work independently and use the same resources of the PC". These chips will almost certainly be dual-core as well, or multi-core as Intel like us to call them.
  2. abc

    abc TS Rookie Posts: 39

    Could someone explain to me what "much more reliable" means. The only time I have seen a processor cause stability issues was when it was overclocked.
  3. Nic

    Nic TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,549

    I think they are talking about reliability in the context of CPU + OS. The new enhancements will make it easier for the OS to operate without tying itself in knots when under heavy load with many processes running. Remember that all OSes are constantly running many threads/processes at all times on a single CPU and that the OS is effectively limited by the instruction set/features available on the CPU. Reliability in terms of stable operation is therefore a function both CPU and OS together. Just my $0.02.
  4. abc

    abc TS Rookie Posts: 39

    That makes more sense now. Thanks for the explanation.
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