Penryn Mightier Than Conroe
"Intel's upcoming 45nm processor, is the talk of the town. Read on to find out more..."
Published: 29th January 2007 | Source: The Inquirer |29/01/07
Source: The Inquirer
Intel and its 45nm Penryn processor, are the talk of the town. The tech community, and pc enthusiasts alike, are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to get their hands on this new breed of processor. So what is the attraction towards Penryn? Will Penryn live up to the precedent set by 'Conroe'? Let's have a look at what we can expect from Intel's next generation.
The 45nm process-technology promises to put an end to leakage current runaway and allows the placing of roughly twice as many transistors per area compared to the hitherto used 65 nm (1264) process. Yield analysis is good at this point and the A0 silicon running is no small accomplishment.
|On January 26, 2007, Intel went public with the demonstration of their first processor core - codename Penryn - manufactured on a 45 nm dry lithography and running several operating systems at roughly over 2 GHz core speed. The manufacturing process - P1266 - has been working since January 2006 for the manufacture of the highest density SRAM cell array in the industry and is based on bringing back metal gates into the transistors while replacing the (SiO2) insulator with a precision-manufactured hafnium alloy High-k substrate using ALD technology.|
Intel also mentioned that Penryn will have 410 million transistors on a dual core processor compared to the 290 million or so on a Conroe. The majority of these extra transistors will be in the form of cache though some are for the addition of SSE4 instructions. It has been suggested that 8MB L2 cache will be the new standard per core.
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