The Pentium Chronicles: The People, Passion, and Politics Behind Intel's Landmark Chips / Edition 1

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The Pentium Chronicles describes the architecture and key decisions that shaped the P6, Intel's most successful chip to date.  As author  Robert Colwell recognizes, success is about learning from others, and Chronicles is filled with stories of ordinary, exceptional people as well as frank assessments of "oops" moments, leaving you with a better understanding of what it takes to create and grow a winning product.

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Editorial Reviews

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" reads like a novel...The story is chronicled by insider Colwell in a style that commands reader attention...highly recommended." (CHOICE, May 2006)

"…an anecdotal account of its development from someone who was in on it from the start…there is something there for everyone about life in a large organization." (Cool Tech Reviews, March 6, 2006)

"Such a perfect miscellany of…experiences finely blended with humor and reality is a sumptuous feast for engineers and project managers…marvelous piece of computer history." (TechBulletin, February 10, 2006)

"This particular book on the genesis of Intel's groundbreaking P6 programme of the early us some worthwhile pointers...a worthy book, and worth a recommendation..." (TechWorld, February 7, 2006)

"This insightful book promises to become a classic, and the reader is warned that it is hard to put down." (Computing, February 23, 2005)

"…the book will particularly appeal to engineers working in the computing industry." (Physics World, February 2006)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471736172
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/23/2005
  • Series: Practitioners Series, #12
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,081,502
  • Product dimensions: 7.03 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert P. Colwell, PHD, is an independent consultant. He earned his PhD in computer engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1985. Named an Intel Fellow (twenty-seven led Intel's Pentium 4 CPU core development. His other contributions at Intel include coleading the team that conceived Intel's P6 microarchitecture, the core of the company's Pentium II, Pentium III, Celeron, Xeon, and  Centrino product families. He is the author and contributor to many published papers and chapters and is the inventor or co-inventor on more than forty patents.

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Table of Contents



1. Introduction.

2. The Concept Phase.

3. The Refinement Phase.

4. The Realization Phase.

5. The Production Phase.

6. The People Factor.

7. Inquiring Minds Like Yours.





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