Intel’s next-generation mobile platform that is set to be released in March, 2007, will not only acquire 64-bit capability, but also higher-speed processor system bus and even next-generation wireless networking, according to a Japanese web-site.
The code-named Merom processor will feature 14-stages pipeline, down from 31 or more stages found in current Intel Pentium (Prescott) designs, 4-issue out-of-order execution engine as well as improved performance of the floating-point unit (FPU). This greatly showcases the substantial difference from the current NetBurst chips that have very deep pipeline and cannot boast with really high-performance FPUs. Furthermore, 14-stages pipeline is deeper compared to AMD Athlon 64’s 12-stages pipeline, which, on the one hand, allows slightly higher clock-speeds compared to the AMD64 architecture, but, on the other hand, may mean a bit lower efficiency. Additionally, being dual-core processor made on a single piece of silicon, Merom will sport L1-to-L1 cache transfer as well as, possibly, unified L2 cache (up to 4MB) for better performance in applications that heavily rely on threading.
Besides, the platform is expected to feature code-named Kedron wireless network controller compliant to 802.11n standard, reports PC Watch web-site. The 802.11n standard will increase bandwidth to up to 600Mb/s, a major increase from current 54Mb/s in the laptops.
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