Intel announces "Core 2 Duo on steroids"

Even though Intel is probably the industry's biggest proponent of multi-core computing and threaded programming, it today announced a single thread acceleration technology at IDF Beijing. Mobility chief Mooly Eden revealed a type of single-core overclocking built in to its upcoming Santa Rosa platform. It seems like a tacit admission from Intel that multi-threaded apps haven't caught up with the availability of multi-core CPUs.

Intel also foreshadowed a major announcement tomorrow around Universal Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) -- the replacement for BIOS that has so far only been used in Intel Macs. "We have been working with Microsoft," Intel hinted.

News source: APCMag.com

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zivan56 said,
EFI only on Intel Macs? What was this guy smoking?
I've had an Insyde EFI BIOS in my laptop since 2003...

I highly doubt that

Gawd I wish they would just get EFI / UEFI out already to the masses.... please announce that all new chipsets will require it *crosses fingers*

Naturally, its always the biggest that get slagged off the most (usually) compared to the smaller ones. At least, the more user-friendly products that cost three times as much as an equally powerful other model from a different company.

But yeah, Intel and Microsoft teaming up doesn't sound good for the fate of others...

majortom1981 said,
Wait so AMD can do this and everyone praises them but Intel Does the same thing and everybody complains?

Because it's from INTEL ........

Most people who are basing INTEL or MICROSOFT are actually using an INTEL with Windows.

DRM? If I was a geek, I'd be literally rolling on the floor laughing right now. They are promoting a BIOS replacement. Do you even know what a BIOS is?

C++ said,
DRM? If I was a geek, I'd be literally rolling on the floor laughing right now. They are promoting a BIOS replacement. Do you even know what a BIOS is?
I'm sure they could get a TPM in there somehow

So this is the intel version of the AMD tech presented sometime last year ? the whole use two cores as one more pwoerful core thing...

Doesn't sound the same to me actually, unless I should have read more detail on the AMD thing.

AMD thing sounded like a system for more than one core to work together efficiently processing single threaded code, so the system is accessed as 1 CPU, but all the cores do the work.


From the article this new Intel tech is effectively powering down the other cores, to give a power/speed boost to just one to accelerate it's function.

I hope someone with a better memory of the AMD article can explain things in more detail, but I think that's the gist of it. if this is correct then the AMD system, if they can get it to work efficiently and seamlessly would be a more powerful and useful solution.

yakumo said,
Doesn't sound the same to me actually, unless I should have read more detail on the AMD thing.

AMD thing sounded like a system for more than one core to work together efficiently processing single threaded code, so the system is accessed as 1 CPU, but all the cores do the work.


From the article this new Intel tech is effectively powering down the other cores, to give a power/speed boost to just one to accelerate it's function.

I hope someone with a better memory of the AMD article can explain things in more detail, but I think that's the gist of it. if this is correct then the AMD system, if they can get it to work efficiently and seamlessly would be a more powerful and useful solution.

Well it depends how much of a speed boost does the core in the intel version get?