More detailed (programming level) information can be found at:

http://developer.intel.com/design/xeon/applnots/24161822.pdf

See page 23 for a description of Brand ID and Brand String used in the more
recent processors.

John Williams



----- Original Message -----
From: "Brad Velander" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "'Protel EDA Forum'" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Monday, January 13, 2003 9:01 AM
Subject: Re: [PEDA] Protel99SE keeps locking up


> Andrew,
> I was not advocating "dumbing down" the information supplied by
> Windows. Simply augment it with something that means something more
> meaningful without full technical knowledge of every processor revision
and
> change.
> When somebody on this list states they are experiencing a particular
> problem on a certain processor based machine, I can't easily tell if it is
> the same processor that I am currently running that doesn't exhibit the
same
> problem. Have you ever seen somebody go into a computer shop and order "I
> would like an X86 family, Model 6, Stepping 5."? I bet you haven't. So
where
> is the issue in having the operating system identify the processor with a
> meaningful non-technical/marketing name in addition to this technical
> jargon? Why only supply the non-user friendly version. Does Intel use this
> information on their website to compare different processors, NO! So why
> should I be forced to deal with it by the operating system only supplying
> this cryptic reference to the internal processor?
> As I had stated previously, I have searched Intel's (and
> Microsoft's)website looking for a listing of these processor references.
> Couldn't find anything and I am no internet neophyte, I usually find the
> information I am looking for. I even read a significant chunk of a
> programming manual on their site, I can tell you a lot about the hex code
> the processor returns to a query of the processor type but nothing in the
> way of chart listing these OS processor name conventions. If you can
supply
> a link to such a listing it would be much appreciated, obviously
> Intel/Microsoft is making it too difficult to find this information on
their
> websites.



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