DailyTech has a nice summary of tonight’s launch by Intel of their new dual-core CPUs, the Core 2 Duo series, named “Conroe”
Intel is set to announce its long awaited Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors tonight, July 14th, at 12:01AM EST. Initially announced at the Spring Intel Developer Forum 2006, Intelâ€™s Conroe was demonstrated beating out AMDâ€™s fastest processors from high end Athlon 64 X2â€™s to the gaming and enthusiast oriented Athlon 64 FX. Intel also previously launched the Core 2 architecture based Woodcrest Xeon 5110, 5120, 5130, 5140, 5150 and 5160 models. With the new Core 2 architecture Intel is moving away from the megahertz war and moving towards higher instructions-per-clock performance and improved power efficiency instead.
New Core 2 processors are based upon a new micro architecture that shares its roots with Intelâ€™s Core mobile architecture. Intel will launch Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme dual-core processors initially, though a single-core Conroe-L Core 2 Solo processor is expected in 2007. Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme processors have a plethora of new features including Intel Wide Dynamic Execution, Intel Smart Memory Access, Intel Advanced Smart Cache and Intel Advanced Digital Media Boost. Intelâ€™s Wide Dynamic Execution technology allows the 14-stage pipeline to have a 33% wider execution over previous Netburst based processors. Each core also has deeper buffers, 4 wide-decode to execute, 4 wide-micro-op execute, micro and macro fusion and enhanced ALUs too.
Conroe/Core 2 Duo should be a nice boost to the Mac lineup when they make their way in (and surely they will, especially in the iMac and potentially Mac mini). The speed/cache improvements will definitely help with Virtualization.