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Intel unveils new processor features

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IDF, San Francisco – In his afternoon keynote, Pat Gelsinger, senior vice-president and GM of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, detailed the roadmap for Intel’s continued march toward pervasive, higher performance and power efficient computing and highlighted the company's advances in embedded, dynamic and visual computing.

He also discussed new features of the company’s next-generation processor family including a new turbo mode that shifts the processor into a higher gear for improved performance without a heat penalty.
The company’s first desktop Core i7 processors and initial energy-efficient, high-performance server products (codenamed “Nehalem-EP”) will be first to production. Intel is also planning to manufacture a second server derivative designed for the expandable sever market (“Nehalem-EX”), and desktop (“Havendale” and “Lynnfield”) and mobile (“Auburndale” and “Clarksfield”) client versions in the second half of 2009.
“Our engineers have put together an incredible processing family here that will include a tremendous amount of new processor features all centered on delivering faster computer performance and terrific energy efficiency,” Gelsinger says.
The next-generation Core microarchitecture also features Intel Hyper-Threading technology delivering up to 8-threaded performance capability on 4 cores in the initial versions and best-in-class memory bandwidth thanks to the new QuickPath Interconnect. QuickPath is a technology that connects processors, chipsets and memory together, and delivers up to three times the memory bandwidth of previous generation Core microarchitecture solutions.
The new Xeon processor X7460 with 6 cores and 16Mb L3 cache for expandable servers launching in September has already broken multiple performance world records. An 8-socket IBM System x 3950 M2 server became the first platform to break the 1 million tpmC barrier on the TPC-C benchmark. New 4-Socket performance records include TPC-C on HP Proliant DL580 G5, TPC-E on Dell PowerEdge R900, SPECjbb2005 on Sun Fire X4450 and SPECint_rate2006 on Fujitsu-Siemens PRIMERGY RX600 S4.
Gelsinger also discussed the industry’s first many-core Intel Architecture (IA) based design, codenamed “Larrabee.” Expected in 2009 or 2010, the first product based on Larrabee will target the personal computer graphics market, support DirectX and OpenGL, and run today’s games and programs. Larrabee is expected to kick start an industry-wide effort to create and optimize software for the dozens, hundreds and thousands of cores expected to power future computers.
Gelsinger also outlined Intel’s vision for the next wave of the Internet, called the Embedded Internet. Emerging markets in the embedded computing space such as IP networking and security, video intelligence, medical, in-vehicle infotainment and home automation can greatly benefit from the always-on Internet connectivity. Gelsinger says that this area is another growth opportunity for Intel and the high-tech industry, and predicted that there will be 15-billion devices connected to the Internet as a result of the rapid rise of the embedded internet.