Intel Penryn Enhancements Detailed
Patrick "MACMAC" MacMillan
DailyTech has managed to acquire some further details on Intels next-generation processor architecture. The Penryn chips will obviously be manufactured on a 45nm process, and feature more cache, but there are a few other changes as well.
Here is a tidbit from the article:
New to the Advanced Digital Media Boost technology is the inclusion of a new Intel SSE4 instruction set. SSE4 introduces 47 new instructions to improve performance of video accelerators, graphics building blocks and streaming load. Intel claims a 2x performance gain in video acceleration tasks. There are 14 new instructions for video accelerator performance enhancement. Intel improves compiler auto-vectorization performance with 32 new instructions.
No ground-breaking revelations here, but its good to see that Penryn is not simply a die shrink combined with a cache increase. In fact, these initial benchmarks suggest some healthy performances gains compared to the current Core 2 architecture.
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