Intel launches fastest processor

25 November 2008

The company has launched what it claims is its most advanced desktop processor ever.

The Intel Core i7 processor is the first member of a new family of Nehalem processor designs and has new technologies that boost performance on demand and maximise data throughput. The processor can increase the speed of video editing, games, and other popular Internet activities by up to 40% without increasing power consumption.

“Intel has delivered the fastest desktop processor on Earth to the most demanding users on Earth, the ones who are using their PCs for video, gaming and music,” said Patrick Gelsinger, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group.

Turbo Boost Technology can accelerate performance to match a computer user's needs and workloads. Through a sophisticated on-die power control unit and new "power gate" transistors based on Intel's 45nanometer, high-k metal gate manufacturing process, Turbo Boost automatically adjusts the clock speed of one or more of the four individual processing cores for single and multi-threaded applications to boost performance, without increasing power consumption. The Core i7 also has Intel’s latest power-saving technologies, allowing desktops to go into sleep states formerly reserved for Intel-based notebooks.

Core i7 more than doubles the memory bandwidth of previous Intel Extreme platforms, speeding the transfer of computer bits and bites in and out of the processor with Intel Quickpath Technology. Designed with Intel's Hyper-Threading Technology, the processor also allows multiple computing threads to run simultaneously, effectively enabling it to do two things at once. As a result, the Core i7 quad-core processor delivers eight-threaded performance. The Core i7 processor is the first member of the Intel Nehalem micro-architecture family. Server and mobile product versions will be in production in the future. Each Core i7 processor features an 8MB level 3 cache and three channels of DDR3 1066 memory. Intel's top performance processor, the Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition, also removes over-speed protection, allowing customers to further increase the chip's speed.

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