Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Nehalem, son of Penryn

Apple Insider reports: [edited]

Intel has offered its first official overview of Nehalem, the highly scalable micro-architecture positioned to succeed Penryn in delivering a new generation of processors for notebooks, desktops, and servers, that offer 'dramatic' energy efficiency and performance improvements.

High performance server chips are expected to be first out of the gates, with variants for mainstream notebook and desktop systems making their way to market sometime next year.

The leap in performance and energy efficiency offered by Nehalem will be similar to the jump made by Intel's Core microarchitecture over the first 90-nanometer (nm) Pentium M processors, according to company vice president Pat Gelsinger.

Nehalem will also offer the option for an integrated graphics controller for highly efficient mobile designs, and add an inclusive shared L3 (last-level) cache that can be up to 8MB in size.

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