As a result, Intel will be releasing a Centrino-like desktop platform, currently code-named Lyndon. Lyndon will target both the digital home and digital office, and should be with us some time next year. It will feature Pentium 4 processors with 2MB of cache and 64-bit extensions to the x86 instruction set, and will support Intel's active management technology feature for helping IT managers access inactive PCs hooked up to a company's network.
As far as 64-bit computing goes, the company plans to make 2005 its 64-bit year.
"Intel will "aggressively" bring 64-bit capabilities to its desktop processors in the first half of 2005, said Bill Kircos, an Intel spokesman. Intel previously said it would turn on the 64-bit extensions within the Prescott processor when operating system support became available, and Microsoft's 64-bit Windows XP operating system is scheduled to ship in the first quarter of next year after many delays."