Future Intel Processor Specifications
Intel has also been very forthcoming about their processor plans farther than Q2 of 2005. Let’s go over the specifications summaries and the basic core diagrams.
As we’ve already seen a couple times today the new Pentium XE processor supports HyperThreading, 2MB of L2 cache, 800 MHz FSB, etc. Notice that on the core diagram the two cores are actually on a single piece of silicon and each core has its own bus interface, sharing the north bridge front-side bus.
The Pentium D, previously codenamed Smithfield, we have also discussed. It has the same features as the Extreme Edition minus the HyperThreading.
Presler is the next Pentium dual processor to follow the XE and D models, and thus we know much less about it. It is going to be on the 65nm technology and released in the 1H of 2006. The plans here show it sticking to the LGA775 socket format and of course keeping the EMT64 and Execute Disable Bit features. Notice also that there are going to be two pieces of silicon on this processor, but it otherwise remains the same.
The Cedar Mill processor will be the lower end of Intel’s desktop parts as it will only feature a single core based on the 65nm technology.
Yonah is truly the most exciting future product from Intel, and is essentially a dual core Dothan (Pentium M) processor. This processor has a lot of potential seeing that there have been some good performance results from the current mobile processors in new mATX motherboards from DFI and AOpen. We don’t have a lot of information yet on it, but they are saying it is using the 65nm technology and will be on a single piece of silicon.