Later this week Intel will address nearly every aspect of the 45nm Core 2 processors' digital thermal sensor (DTS), including the first-ever public disclosure of the maximum Tjunction value of all 45nm Core 2 processors. The headline might not be that exiting as 45nm Core 2 processors have already been available for quite a while but it's still pretty interesting as this will allow 3rd party software developers to create the most accurate temperature readout tools for the Core 2 chips.
Benson Inkley, a senior power/thermal engineer with Intel, is prepared to address nearly every aspect of DTS functionality for the attendees. However, perhaps the biggest surprise to come out of his presentation will be the first-ever public disclosure of the maximum Tjunction value for all Core 2 Duo/Quad/Extreme desktop processors built on current 45nm-process technology.
Armed with this information, seasoned application developers and amateur coders alike will finally have everything they need to implement the most accurate, real-time core temperature display tool possible. We discussed this topic in our Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 review back in March 2008, except our discussion left quite a few unanswered questions flapping in the breeze. Come next Thursday, anyone walking out of Mr. Inkley's technical session will have all the knowledge needed to lay any longstanding DTS questions to rest.