by Anton Shilov
03/16/2004 | 08:49 AM
A Japanese web-site has shed some light on plans of the world’s No.1 chipmaker to incorporate its technologies into future generation of micro-architectures. Apparently, the processor code-named Merom will sport everything Intel described recently as well as feature massive 4MB cache.
PC Watch web-site claims that Intel’s code-named Merom microprocessor, which is also going to have a breed designed for desktop computers, will support all the latest techniques from Intel, including Intel Extended Memory 64 technology (IA32e), La Grande technology, Hyper-Threading technology, Vanderpool technology and some other features aimed to improve CPU performance and extend usage patterns of PC. The Merom microprocessor is expected to contain two or more processing cores and 4MB of built-in on-die cache, which is unbelievable size for desktop chips.
Processor code-named Merom was first mentioned as successor for Intel Pentium M CPU intended for mobile applications.
Merom and its desktop brother
Normally Intel makes use of a desktop processor micro-architecture for about 4 to 5 years. Intel NetBurst will be Intel’s main architecture for desktop central processing units for 5.5 – 6 years. If the report about the Merom and its architecture turns to be correct, the IA32 will live on till the year 2011-2012 at least.
One of Intel’s notable plans is to bring desktop, mobile and server processors capable of multi-threading thanks to multi-core design as well as technologies resembling already adopted Hyper-Threading.
Sometime in mid-2005 or later Intel is anticipated to add a processor with two cores in its Pentium M family intended for notebooks. Apparently, the code-named Jonah chip is projected to contain two
The successors of Jonah are Merom,
Intel’s IA32e dual-core chip currently known as
In performance desktop and DP server/workstation markets dual-core chips are only said to emerge in 2006 along with Nehalem architecture that also boasts with IA32e extensions.
Intel is also preparing numerous dual-core and multi-core Itanium microprocessors.
Intel did not comment on the report.