A long-awaited event happened the other day — Intel announced
at IDF the microarchitecture of IA-32 (x86) processors of the next
generation. The new microarchitecture will be the same for all the
three classes of processors: mobile, desktop, and server.
distinguishing features of the new processors are dual cores, EM64T
(x86-64) support, active usage of power saving technologies and
introduction of Star Technologies (*Ts), streamlined in the latest
versions of Pentium 4 and Pentium M processors. The first versions of
the new processors — mobile Merom, desktop Conroe, and server
Woodcrest — will appear on sale in the second half of 2006.
What urged Intel to design a new architecture? What is the new
architecture based on? And is the new architecture a heir to the old
good Pentium III processor, or is it actually a new architecture, even
if based on the key principles of P-III? Read on to find out!