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Intel Merom is 64-bit, and with 4MB L2 cache

Notebook Roadmaps Intel Dorrington software to make home net easier
Sun Sep 11 2005, 15:01
ORIGINAL EQUIPMENT manufacturers (OEMs) are to be given a software application from Intel which makes it easier to share stuff in a home network.

And future wonder processor Merom has appeared on roadmaps given to its OEMs for week 36, and seen by the INQ.

Intel will provide the Dorrington software for OEM bundling with Napa notebook machines. That will let people browse Intel's Viiv content directory service, stream personal content from it, and download info to the laptop.

You'd think that would be something Microsoft could provide but as the world+dog knows, takeup of home networks is complicated by the current "difficulties" of using IP, which require Mom, Pop, grandma, granddad and Fido to become computer wizards.

Meanwhile, it's all stream ahead for Yonah in Q1 and Q2 of 2006, then later in the year Intel will introduce its Merom family, which will change the rules yet again.

At last Intel will make its notebook processors EM64T ready, although it hasn't yet decided what clock speeds the dual core Merom 65 nanometre processor will clock at.

Merom will also support VT, EIST and the anti-viral XD bit.

As we reported last week, and before for that matter, the chip giant will introduce a number of SKUs for Yonah, including single and dual core, low voltage dual core, low voltage single core, and ultra low voltage dual and single core. These, apart from the ULV babies, will have 667MHz system buses.

Don't forget that Intel will want to capitalise on its Celeron M notebook SKUs. In Q2 of 2006 it will introduce the 420, followed in the second half by the 410 and 420s. The 430 will use the Yonah 65 nanometre core, with a 533MHz front side bus and have 1MB of L2 cache. The 420s and 410s will be similar in structure, and Intel will also introduce a ULV version - the 423, with similar characteristics. All of these will use the XD bit as well.

In Q2 of next year, Intel will introduce the 945GMS and the 940GML chipsets to support its Yonah and Merom processors in the future.

In the second half of next year it introduces the Kirtland and the Loudon wireless kits for its CPUs. µ

See Also
Intel prepares to can Pentium 4 February 2004 story
Intel's Merom is designed from the ground up Merom wasn't built in a daze
Intel's Otellini confirms Merom, Conroe, Woodcrest chips
Intel's new instructions to Rockton round the clock
Intel panics and announces Merom
Pentium M to get 64-bit support
Intel's Merom cat goes back to the future


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