Today’s Monday…It Must Be Nehalem

Hello happy reader,

Back in August, I wrote a bit about Intel’s IDF here at Moscone. There’s plenty of coverage out there about the then new Larrabee and Atom processors but, at Intel, nothing stands still for long. At the end of last month, the latest IDF in Taiwan played host to a demo of the new Moorestown platform, a SOC or System on a Chip “…codenamed ‘Lincroft,’ which integrates the 45nm processor, graphics, memory controller and video encode/decode onto a single chip and an I/O hub codenamed ‘Langwell,’ which supports a range of I/O ports to connect with wireless, storage, and display components in addition to incorporating several board level functions,” according to Intel. In other words, Moorestown combines all the stuff needed, included video encode/decode, into one energy sipping part for that new, wafer thin netbook you don’t need but will be lusting for anyway.

Intel says they’re, “…on track to reduce Moorestown platform idle power by more than 10x compared to the first-generation MIDs based on the Intel Atom processor.” MIDs or Mobile Internet Devices are those small form factor, consumer oriented netbooks I mentioned fondling at the last IDF. This announcement promises to radically increase battery life. The first crop of Atom–based Korean and Japanese examples carries a price tag inversely proportional to their size. However, as with all thing ’puter, the second gen from name brands are both larger and, quite reasonably priced. HP’s Mini 1000 and Lenovo’s IdeaPad S Series both start at $400 and weight about 2.5 pounds.

That wide “range of I/O ports” allegedly includes support for several wireless technologies, “including 3G, WiMAX, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth and mobile TV.” Mobile TV is a whole topic in itself. The ATSC glossed over mobile reception, along with too many other issues to vent about at the moment by, feel the love that H264 will bring to broadcast television.

Woops, got off–topic…Nehalem or Intel Core i7, as it is branded: Intel showed the first example of the family designed for fancy desktop and enthusiast machines. Future versions will address enterprise computing, including a vPro–optimized, 8 core version (ye hah!), the Nehalem-EX.


Kirk Skaugen holds up a “Lynnfield” wafer, Intels second-generation desktop Nehalem, during his IDF Taiwan keynote.

Kirk Skaugen holds up a “Lynnfield” wafer, Intel”s second-generation desktop Nehalem, during his IDF Taiwan keynote.


See, I can do pictures…I just don’t like to! According to Tom’s Hardware, the first examples of Nehalem are showing a 25% performance improvement over the Core 2. Speaking of cores, Nehalem has some new power saving features:

• Intel® Turbo Boost Technology – In response to workload demand, adds higher speed to active cores

• Power Gates – Turns individual cores on or off and is transparent to the OS, cores can run at independent voltage or frequencies

If you’re sitting on your hands, waiting for a quad core laptop, you are (almost) free to gesticulate wildly…Intel debuted their first mobile quad-core processors, the Intel® Core™ 2 Extreme QX9300 and the Intel® Core™ 2 Quad Q9100. They “…offer four separate and powerful processing cores to deliver unprecedented multi-threading performance.” Yup, four cores running at 2.53 GHz with a 1066 MHz FSB (Front Side Bus) and 12 MB of L2 (Level 2) cache. Hook it up!

OK, I’m getting overly excited and a bit peckish being at work for 10 hours straight and I need a break. So, that’s all for now. Until next time, continue to geek.

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