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e-business: Intel builds more into the Pentium chip.

Chip manufacturer Intel has launched new technologies designed to boost the performance of its Pentium processors.

The US firm has also outlined security technology that will be built into its chips.

At its twice-yearly gathering in the United States for hardware and software engineers, the world's largest chipmaker announced that 'hyperthreading' technology would be incorporated into its Pentium 4 chip running at 3.0 gigahertz, or 3 billion clicks per second, in the fourth quarter of the year, ahead of its own schedule. That marks the first time the technology, which made its debut in server processors earlier this year, has appeared in processors for desktop computers, Intel said.

Hyper-threading makes one processor appear as two to operating systems and software that have been written to support the technology.

Hyper-threading, which Microsoft's Windows XP operating system supports, promises to boost the performance of the chip by 25 per cent, depending on the application, Intel said.

Paul Otellini, Intel's president and chief operating officer, also discussed Intel's digital security initiative dubbed LaGrande Technology, saying it would allow for greater security than now possible through software.

For instance, it would allow computers to boot up securely, preventing a virus on the PC's hard drive from becoming active, Intel said.
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