Feeds

Intel doctors Foster to extend life of IA-32 architecture

Post-Merced IA-64 line announced too

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Mobile application security vulnerability report

Intel revealed details of its future IA-32 processor technology, codenamed Foster, at this year's Microprocessor Forum. The company also discussed its positioning of the IA-64-based Merced and its successors, McKinley, Madison and Deerfield. Foster is set to ship late 2000/early 2001 and, according to Intel Microprocessor Products Group VP Steve Smith, will be based on a new core design which will replace the P6-based core currently used in Xeon and to be extended with the Katmai multimedia instructions in Tanner and then Cascades. Foster will be designed specifically for 0.18-micron technology, though later versions will use a 0.13-micron process. It will feature larger than ever L1 and L2 cache, and the latter will be built into the chip die. Intel has specified an initial clock speed of 1GHz for the new chip. "We see the IA-32 architecture going on long into the future serving volume markets in the PC and workstation spaces," said Smith. In other words, it will fill the gap below the high-end workstation and server markets Intel is targetting with Merced. That chip will be followed a year later (2001) by McKinley, which, claimed Smith, would offer twice the performance of its predecessor. In fact, Merced is looking dedicedly weak these days -- according to Intel's own roadmap, its barely more powerful than Foster is predicted to be. The major leap will come with McKinley -- "which will contain all we've learned from Merced", said Smith -- which will offer three times Merced's bus bandwidth, offer far larger, on-chip caches (Merced itself will support multi-megabyte L2 sizes) and clock speeds of over 1GHz. McKinley will be followed in late 2001 and early 2002 by Madison and Deerfield, respectively. Madison will continue McKinley's upward performance trend, while Deerfield will offer less impressive improvements over McKinley as a trade-off for a lower price point, said Smith. Intel's roadmap calls for a successor to Foster to be launched at this point, but given IA-32 support is being built into Merced and will presumably be much improved in its successors, it's not hard to imagine Deerfield being positioned as the successor to Foster. ® Click for more stories

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.