But once he'd got that stuff out of the way, he confirmed that Nocona, its next generation of Xeons, will have 64-bit address extensions which he described as the worst kept secret in San Francisco. Right.
Steve Ballmer said in a video that Microsoft was very excited by the introduction of 64 bit extensions. People would continue to run their existing applications in 32-bit. This adds versatility and scaleability for workstations and servers.
There was already a beta of Microsoft Windows for Intel's 64-bit extensions.
Intel will introduce 64-bit extensions for desktop Prescotts later in the year and for Potomac next year.
Barrett didn't say whether the technology was compatible with AMD 64. He'll be asked that in the Q&A following his keynote, no doubt.
Barrett showed off software that takes advantage of the 64-32 bit extensions. The 64-bit extensions allow for better levels of detail.
But, before that, Kicking Pat Gelsinger showed Barrett as a young man, said he was dubbed Doctor D, and showed the differences between the past and present then by introducing the distinguished elderly gent.
Governments are making investments in technology. Every business round the world has recognized the power of IT to make business more competitive.
Creating, preserving and accessing content helps to train the next generation, he said.
There's no place to hide from digital technology, he said.
Companies like Ford were able to shorten their product cycles. The car company uses IT to cut down development of new models from four years to 22 months, said Barrett.
Microprocessors are shipping in unprecedented volumes, he said. This growth is sustained and rational.
Technology is being used to discover the creation of the Universe said Barrett, while Stephen Hawking claimed the Itanium 2 powered his life in a short video he showed.
Dangerous territory. Hawking said it must be boring being god and having nothing left to discover. Hawking is an atheist. We don't know if Barrett is.
Twenty years ago it was exciting to throw out a new bit of silicon without knowing what effect it would have. Now the challenge is to make sure that supporting technologies are there.
He underlined Intel's support for the Itanium 2, with 50 OEMs. The Itanium will use multithreading and support PCI Express, he said.
Barrett wheeled out a sharp looking gentleman in suit and tie to say that Morgan Stanley used the Itanium 2 to make its business leaner and meaner.
Barrett demonstrated the LCOS system we described yesterday, and showed a USB connection using Ultra Wideband to transfer data at nearly 500Mbit/sec. Currently it's short range.
He said there are now more wireless lines than phone lines. In Korea and Taiwan, wireless phones are the norm and have showed staggering growth.
WiMax and other wireless networks including 3G and 4G were developing. He said it means that industries impacted by the digital onslaught, such as the music industries. The next generation in the music industry might be quite different.
He showed off an Intel triband design which uses Xscale and has built in 802.11 and Bluetooth, and a digital camera. That would allow users to download music by phone.
Turning to laptops, he demonstrated a machine using the Florence platform, which uses the Dothan Pentium M, including GPRS, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g, an integrated display on the outside of the case. It also has a biometrics/fingerprint sensor.