Intel aware of Pentium 4 heat problems@ 2004/04/16
Intel, at IDF in Taipei, Taiwan, admitted to the problems the company is having with heat, according to CoolTechZone sources at IDF. Intel needs to cut down on the heat processes if they want to be successful and competitive in the mobile market. AMD, concerned about heat, will announce its low-powered AMD Athlon64 2700+ processor later this year.
Steve Pawlowski, Director of Intel’s Microprocessor Lab, was discussing the issue with industry analysts at IDF, confirmed our close sources. According to Steve Pawlowski, it was always about performance, performance, and performance. Intel has always focused on producing the fastest chips possible in the given time. The heat never worried Intel before because it was not a concern.
The times are different now. Users, especially the enthusiast community wants the coolest chips possible due to overclocking purposes. Although Intel is against the overclocking practices, they can’t refuse the demands of their consumers.
Intel said, the problem is in the die of the processor where the memory and other chip circuitry are located. The chip giant also said it is working on improving case fans and heatsinks to dissipate heat in a more efficient way. "We can either limit the clock speeds or the frequency of the chips to reduce the amount of heat being produced," said company officials, confirmed by CoolTechZone sources. Ironically, limiting the clock speed and frequency will not cut it anymore. The company said its engineers are working hard on the equation.
Finally, Intel admits to having problems with heat. This is the first step to solving the heat issues the company is having with its Intel Pentium 4 Prescott processors. It will be interesting to see how Intel works with cooling manufacturers to try to improve fan and heatsink designs that can better deal with heat.