Intel to add memory controllers, reintroduce hyperthreading in 2008’s Nehalem chips

Apple Store“Intel on Wednesday confirmed plans to integrate critical system components and reintroduce hyperthreading technology in 2008, when it unveils a new chip blueprint,” Tom Krazit reports for CNET News.

“In the past, Intel executives have spoken in broad terms about integrating components such as the memory controller and direct links between processor cores. But those technologies are on tap for Nehalem, the code name Intel has assigned to a chip family it will start producing in 2008, Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group, said during a briefing for reporters here,” Krazit reports.

Krazit reports, “Intel also plans to build chips with ‘point-to-point’ links that directly connect processor cores with their neighbors, and install a fast link between the processor and memory with integrated memory controllers, Gelsinger said… Not every chip in the Nehalem family will come with all those features, but they will be available to Intel’s designers, Gelsinger said. Different customers require various types of products for their future PC and server designs, he said.”

“For example, Intel’s newest best friend, Apple, is pushing the chipmaker to develop chips with a lot of integrated pieces, including graphics controllers, Gelsinger said. Apple’s focus on industrial design means it’s looking at building ever-smaller systems, and integration is one way to accomplish that, he said,” Krazit reports.

Krazit reports, “Intel will start producing Nehalem processors–the actual brand has yet to be revealed–in 2008 using its 45-nanometer manufacturing technology. But before then, it plans to introduce Penryn chips as the first processors to use that new manufacturing technology.”

More details in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Adam W.” for the heads up.]

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20 Comments

  1. Didn’t Apple do quite a bit of R&D with IBM and Motorola to develop hyperthreading for PPC chips?

    I think we’re about to see Intel adopting and integrating a lot of Apple’s technological innovations into Intel chip designs. This is going to explain quite a bit about why Apple chose Intel over AMD, and we’ll see in the not-so-distant future that Intel will be designing chips specifically for Apple’s requirements, which Intel will also be able to sell to more markets than it has traditionally serviced.

  2. Off on a tangent somewhat, but what gives with the astronomical prices for PPC upgrade cards still?

    Are people still buying them or are the likes of OWC happy for inventory to sit on the shelf gathering dust?

    How many years have G4 Power Macs been EOL’d for now?

    Who can we report the manufacturers (Sonnet, PowerLogix, OWC, NewerTech) for illegal price fixing?

    My 800MHz Quicksilver 2002 is desperately wanting a processor upgrade, but at the prices they’re asking, it’d be cheaper to upgrade the HDD to the biggest, fastest, meanest in my 1.33GHz 17″ Powerbook. And doing that ain’t cheap!

  3. “…Apple, is pushing the chipmaker to…”

    You won’t see Microsoft and the word “push” used together in the same sentence. “Copied” “similar” and “looks like” are frequently found though.

  4. Ugh, why on earth would Intel reintroduce hyperthreading when they have true dual core and quad core chips now? Hyperthreading was a quick and dirty attempt at making a single core processor appear as two virtual processors and nearly every system I have ever used that had it I’ve turned it off, because performance was worse than using it with it turned off.

  5. Agreed. Why on earth reintroduce hyperthreading to simulate multiple cores, when the chip already has real multiple cores in it?

    I suspect this is because Intel is having trouble scaling up Nehalem to the number of multiple cores they initially wanted. So if you can’t make your target, then fake it with this hyperthreading kludge.

    Ok, that’s speculation on my part, no facts to back it up.

    But that doesn’t change the underlying concern about why bother with hyperthreading when you have real multiple cores in the chip.

  6. These Nehalem processors will probably be the chips to power the macbook pro ultraportable, everybody put your stock spending on “Buy” for intel. This will beef your portfolio if you already have stocks in Apple ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

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