We met with Intel today and have some interesting IDF (Intel Developer Forum) 2008 news.  IDF is scheduled this year for August 19 - 21 in San Francisco.  It is shaping up to be an exciting event for those tech geeks like us as X58/i7, Larrabee, and System on Chip (SoC) technologies will be discussed in detail among other things.  We learned this afternoon that full disclosure of Intel's existing 45nm processor Digital Thermal Sensor (DTS) specification will be presented on Day 3. This 50-minute technical presentation on DTS (course #TMTS001) will start at 1:40 pm.  A complete schedule of events can be found by visiting Intel’s official IDF website.

Benson Inkley, a senior power/thermal engineer with Intel, is prepared to address nearly every aspect of DTS functionality for the attendees. However, perhaps the biggest surprise to come out of his presentation will be the first-ever public disclosure of the maximum Tjunction value for all Core 2 Duo/Quad/Extreme desktop processors built on current 45nm-process technology.

Armed with this information, seasoned application developers and amateur coders alike will finally have everything they need to implement the most accurate, real-time core temperature display tool possible. We discussed this topic in our Intel Core 2 Duo E8500 review back in March 2008, except our discussion left quite a few unanswered questions flapping in the breeze. Come next Thursday, anyone walking out of Mr. Inkley's technical session will have all the knowledge needed to lay any longstanding DTS questions to rest.

We applaud Intel for recognizing the enthusiast community’s interest in this subject. Overclockers, performance enthusiasts, and everyday users will finally be able to monitor their CPU’s individual core temperatures without wondering if the reported results are accurate or not. Check back here on Thursday, August 21, for a detailed update on DTS.
Update (8.21.2008):
45nm Desktop Dual-Core Processors
Intel Core 2 Duo processor E8000 and E7000 series - 100°C
45 nm Desktop Quad-Core Processors
Intel Core 2 Quad processor Q9000 and Q8000 series - 100°C
Intel Core 2 Extreme processor QX9650 - 95°C
Intel Core 2 Extreme processor QX9770 - 85°C


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  • smilingcrow - Friday, August 15, 2008 - link

    This data will save a lot of bandwidth on over-clocking forums. :) Reply
  • keitaro - Thursday, August 14, 2008 - link

    Wow... who would've thought that they'd finally released the Tjunction numbers for their Penryn CPUs? I kinda wish they'd do that from the start though. But oh well. Better now (or soon to be now) than later. Good job, Intel. Reply
  • KeypoX - Thursday, August 14, 2008 - link

    took long enough Reply
  • soundx98 - Saturday, August 16, 2008 - link

    I'm looking forward to it.
    It is way overdue.

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