Intel moving to performance per watt ratings with Merom, Conroe and Woodcrest

Posted on Tuesday, August 23 2005 @ 18:19 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Well the first bits of news from the Intel Developer Forum are flowing in right now and we can expect a lot more over the coming days. Here's some news from the Inquirer about the speech of Paul Otellini, Intel's CEO.

He confirmed the company is preparing processors codenamed Merom, Conroe and Woodcrest these will have performance per watt ratings and will deliver 5, 65 and 80 watts respectively for the notebook, desktop and server market.

He further said Centrino systems will represent 36 percent of Intel's business this year. Otellini claims notebooks have outsold desktops in the US retail market because Intel gave people what they wanted.

Power consumption has become a priority and Intel has started performance per watt with the Banias, following it up with Dothan and the Yonah early next year. Intel says Yonah will deliver twice the performance on power compared to Dothan!

Currently Intel has two major architectures, NetBurst and Mobile. Both of them will be combined in a new next-generation power optimized architecture. By the second half of 2006 the company will launch the Woodcrest, Conroe and Merom for respectively the server, desktop and notebook markets.
Intel is already running Merom based processors and Otellini showed off a notebook running the new microprocessor. The desktop Conroe, which Otellini showed, was running Fedora Linux 64. And the server Woodcrest product he demoed was running dual CPU server chips, each of which were dual core.
Merom will deliver three times performance per watt while Conroe will feature five times improvement in performance per watt. All of these processors are dual-core and made on the 65nm process. By the third quarter of 2006 the sales of 65nm chips will surpass those of 90nm processors, Otellini said.

By 2010 the chip giant plans half a watt products and processors with enough teraflops to power the brain of a bumblebee. And next year they will introduce reference designs of a new category of machines called handtops.

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