Intel Penryn SSE4 instruction set

Posted on Wednesday, Apr 18 2007 @ 14:18 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
As you may already know, the upcoming 45nm Penryn processor from Intel features 47 new instructions, called SSE4. ARS Technica has all the details on the new SSE4 instruction set:

Instruction category Instructions Benefits
Packed DWORD Multiplies PMULLD, PMULDQ Improved automated compiler vectorization
Floating Point Dot Product DPPS, DPPD 3D content creation, gaming, support for languages such as CG and HLSL
Multi-packed sum of absolute diffs& min pos MPSADBW, PHMINPOSUW Video processing
Packed Blending BLENDPS, BLENDPD, BLENDVPS, BLENDVPD, PBLENDVB, PBLENDDW Compiler vectorization and applications such as video processing, multi-media and gaming
Packed Integer Min and Max PMINSB, PMAXSB, PMINUW, PMAXUW, PMINUD, PMAXUD, PMINDS, PMAXSD Compiler vectorization and applications such as video processing, multi-media and gaming
Floating Point Round ROUNDPS, ROUNDSS, ROUNDPD, ROUNDSD Image processing, graphics, video processing, 2D/3D applications, multimedia, and gaming.
Register Register Insertion/ExtractionInsertion/Extraction INSERTPS, PINSRB, PINSRD, PINSRQ, EXTRACTPS, PEXTRB, PEXTRD, PEXTRW, PEXTRQ Compiler vectorization and applications such as video processing, multi-media and gaming
Packed Format Conversion PMOVSXBW, PMOVZXBW, PMOVSXBD, PMOVZXBD, PMOVSXBQ, PMOVZXBQ, PMOVSXWD, PMOVZXWD, PMOVSXWQ, PMOVZXWQ, PMOVSXDQ, PMOVZXDQ Compiler vectorization and applications such as video processing, multi-media and gaming
Streaming load MOVNTDQA Video processing, imaging, data sharing apps with GPU
Packed Test & Set PTESTPTEST Compiler vectorization and applications such as video processing, multi-media and gaming
Packed Compare for Equal PCMPEQQ Compiler vectorization and applications such as video processing, multi-media and gaming
Pack DWORD to Unsigned WORD PACKUSDW Compiler vectorization and applications such as video processing, multi-media and gaming


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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.



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