iXBT on the Willamette
Posted on: 03/13/2000 01:12 PM

I don't know how they do it, but the guys over at iXBT always seem to have the scoop. This time they tackle Intel's newest (hush-hush) bad-boy, the Willamette. This is some good stuff!
Willamette is expected to be the first radical reconstruction of P6 architecture. During the last five years since the launching of Pentium Pro there has hardly happened anything more significant than that. Just imagine: asymmetric core with the units working at different frequencies, a considerably improved superscalar mechanism of instructions execution, a new cache tracking the instructions order, enhanced multimedia units and floating point units, an enormous instructions set for all possible and impossible purposes, absolutely new 100MHz bus transferring four data packs per clock, which makes 400MHz end-frequency, a 20-stage instructions hyper-pipeline, etc… Is it enough?





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