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Longhorn requirements

A couple of days ago I went looking for Longhorn system requirements.  What sort of system is going to be best for Longhorn users, and should we be designing with Longhorn in mind, or not, at this point?  I didn’t turn up a lot, but this article at Microsoft-Watch caused raised eyebrows.  In it, Mary-Jo Foley said:

Microsoft is expected to recommend that the "average" Longhorn PC feature a dual-core CPU running at 4 to 6GHz; a minimum of 2 gigs of RAM; up to a terabyte of storage; a 1 Gbit, built-in, Ethernet-wired port and an 802.11g wireless link; and a graphics processor that runs three times faster than those on the market today.

Yesterday, Intel Exec Steve Smith gave a speech in Las Vegas.  During that speech he revealed that Intel expects

  • 85% of its server processor shipments to be dual or multi-core by 2006.
  • 40% of desktop CPUs will be dual core in the same time frame.
  • The run rate for mobile CPUs will be 70% dual core by then as well.

Maybe Mary-Jo isn’t far off the mark, after all. 

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