Intel showcases next-gen multi-core ‘Conroe’ processors, may turn up in future Apple Power Macs

“Speaking to developers at its semiannual developer forum on Tuesday, Intel Corp. shed a few new details on its next-generation multi-core desktop processors, which are destined to turn up inside Apple’s first Intel-based Power Mac systems in the second half of the year. During a keynote presentation, Pat Gelsinger, Intel’s senior vice president and general manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, showcased ‘Conroe,’ a dual-core desktop processor based on the company’s new Core microarchitecture that can reduce power consumption by 40 percent while delivering greater than 40 percent improvements in computing performance,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider. “The chip, which is on track to begin volume shipments in the third quarter of 2006, is the most likely candidate to turn up in Apple’s Power Mac professional desktop systems late in the Summer.”

“Not coincidentally, Apple Computer also announced on Tuesday that it will hold its annual World Wide Developers Conference in the second half of the year, as opposed to late May or June as it has done in the past,” McLean reports. “The conference, set to kick-off on August 7th, is expected to offer Mac OS X developers their first look at the company’s next-generation operating system, Mac OS X 10.5 ‘Leopard.’ It’s also expected to yield the first public demonstrations of a Power Mac desktop computer utilizing Intel’s Conroe chip.”

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  1. Isn’t Conroe a 64-bit processor? Or is it Merom? Having trouble keeping these straight.
    Bottom line, does anyone know if the Intel-based Power Macs will still provide 64-bit processing?

  2. I’m interested in a less expensive refurb Quad for my next computer later this year. It will be quite a while before I switch my desktop to an intel machine. My laptop is a different story. That’s getting switched on tax free weekend in August.

  3. The current Quad should have the beating of Conroe.
    I have been holding off buying the quad just in case conroe was going to be bitching but 40% improvement over current dual core pentiums is not earth shattering.

    Merom and Conroe are both 64bit laptop and desktop respectively.

    The interesting thing about these processors is the virtualisation technology that Leopard might take advantage of.

    BTW I am switching from PC not because I am worried about virii or that I loathe M$ I think the Quad is the best value workstation around at the moment. I priced up a comparative PC and it came out far more expensive than the quad. Who would have guessed!

  4. astalaVista
    LOL please tell me you’re from a square state. There’s definitely an h in hasta la vista.

    Merom is the 64 bit notebook processor. Conroe is the 64 bit desktop. Both are based on the new core microarchitecture, as is Yonah aka core solo and core duo.

    I agree that they will have to be hella fast to beat the quad core G5, but I think they will do it because conroe chips will be a generation or two ahead of the G5’s depending on how you look at it. It is the forefront of intel’s progress while the G5 is quite a ways behind the best technology IBM is making. IBM designs for servers and then tailors the chips for desktops later, which is what makes them so awesome in the high end. Intel’s design philosophy is now notebook based, as shown by the Core architecture coming out in Yonah first, and that Conroe (desktop) is based on Merom (laptop) processor. I think this is why the notebook and low end desktop intel macs will improve drastically while the high end will only get a boost by moving from the 5 year old technology of POWER4 to the brand new tech of Core. If Apple had stuck with IBM long enough to bring the advancements of subsequent POWER generations, 5 looks like it was pretty significant, to the apple desktop we could have seen some very great things.

  5. JohnE writes: “Ahhh yes…we haven’t heard about ‘Leopard’ in a while…hmmm, maybe a release to coincide with astalaVista…but then again, maybe Apple can’t wait that long.”

    You are right on the money with that one!

  6. Fat Mac,
    On the high end Apple has always been a far better value, because that is what they were designed for. They never did a good job of dumbing the tech down to a price that people thought was low enough, so on the low end they didn’t do as well, if you can call anything Apple did before the mini, “low end.”

  7. As many people on the boards have pointed out since the beginning of time, the correct plural of virus is viruses, not viri. It comes directly from Latin, but not all -us words in Latin are made plural by changing the ending to -i. It isn’t done for virus probably because viri is the plural for vir, or man, from which the English word virile is derived. Because of the way it was used in Latin, there is no record of the plural of virus in that langauge, so we use our English method of making plural a word that ends in s, adding es. Ergo, Viruses.

    If you were to start talking about viruses in Latin, where you certainly wouldn’t use English rules, it still wouldn’t be viri. You would probably just change the pronunciation or possibly write virera or virora. We can’t be sure because rules in Latin are sometimes as broken and mangled as they are in English.

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