In what we're hoping will be the most exciting IDF in the past 5 years, Intel kicked things off with a proud announcement that growth in the technology industry is back.

Immediately following the dot-com bust, almost all of Intel's IDF keynotes had slight undertones of despair thanks to the fact that making money just wasn't as easy anymore. However, over the past two years growth in the PC industry has returned to normal and thus Intel is back to their usual, chipper self.

Paul Otellini's keynote started with a few items that have changed in the past few years:

PC shipments have recovered from their slump in 2001 and are on their way to breaking the 200M barrier.

PC notebook shipments have also grown beyond desktop shipments, which Intel attributes to giving users what they want with Centrino:

The prevalence of WiFi networks has also increased tremendously. Below we have a picture of WiFi networks in the San Francisco area before centrino:

Each red dot indicates a WiFi network, and now let's have a look at WiFi prevalence in San Francisco:

But now let's get to what we're really here for...

Intel's New Micro-Architecture


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  • AtaStrumf - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 - link

    Or you can just get an Athlon 64 now ;-)

    I'm a bit worried about those 64-bit windows. Where did x86-64 go??? Is AMD in a bit of trouble here? Is the end of licensing agreement in sight? Find out on the next episode of $50 Athlon 64!!!
  • RaynorWolfcastle - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 - link

    It looks like 5x per watt than Northwood judging from that graph (highest TDP for that is 89 watts at 3.4 GHz) which is probably the worst performance/watt of any Northwood.

    Using this figure, 5/(89/65) = 3.65x faster than a 3.4 GHz Northwood or 82% faster per core than a 3.4GHz Northwood.

    If we assume it was a 1.8 GHz Northwood, then its TDP is 47W

    Using this figure, 5/(47/65) = 6.9x faster than a 1.8 GHz Northwood or 145% faster per core than a 1.8 GHz Northwood.

    Either way, that seems very optimistic, although it means that we should see a very sizeable jump in spead even in single threaded apps
  • Den - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 - link

    The slide shows the handtop as 0.5 watts and the subnotebook at 5.0 watts, but your text says the handtop is 5.0 watts and that 0.5 is something else. Interesting article otherwise though, I REALLY look forward to the new generation. Reply
  • Avalon - Tuesday, August 23, 2005 - link

    Sounds like a great direction for Intel. I'm very interested in the Conroe chip. Reply

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