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Intel Demos Dual-Core System

Intel provided its first-ever public demonstration of dual-core processors Wednesday, showing a crowd at its Intel Developer Forum the technology the company is banking on heavily as it moves into a series of key product releases in 2005.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker offered up a view of a forthcoming dual-core processor during a demonstration of "digital office" functions, including multiple videoconferencing streams with high-definition audio and other graphics.

"What you saw was not a simulation," said Bill Siu, vice president and co-general manager of Intel's desktop platform group, in a press conference following the demonstration. Siu said that while first silicon prototypes of the dual-core processors have been built, it is not yet "production silicon."

While Intel executives have downplayed any "race" with rival Advanced Micro Devices over the entrance of dual-core chips into the market, Wednesday's demonstration could be viewed as important to the chipmaker. AMD said last week it had conducted its first demonstrations of dual-core processing before invitation-only audiences.

Siu delivered a speech and demonstration at Intel's IDF conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, telling a gathering of about 5,000 developers, engineers and press that expanded performance of dual-core chips is key to tapping opportunity in the digital world.

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