New Silicon Insider Article

Article: Escape From the Planet of x86
By: Daniel Gustafsson (daniel.delete@this.mimer.se), June 19, 2003 12:12 pm
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Bill Todd (billtodd@metrocast.net) on 6/17/03 wrote:
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>David Kanter (dkanter@realworldtech.com) on 6/17/03 wrote:
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>>Pau
>>l D
>>eMo
>>ne
>>has
>>j
>ust finished his latest article, entitled
>>Escape from the Planet of x86
. This article deals with the history of
>>x86, the complexity introduced by the instruction set, as well as several attempts
>>to supplant x86 as the desktop architecture and a discussion of the theory that
>>IPF is intended to replace x86 on the desktop.
>
>The article does touch on at least two points I've noticed previously and meant to question:
>
>1. It once again alleges that a 1.3 GHz Madison/Deerfield will ship at relatively
>low power (60-something W is a figure I think Paul has mentioned at least once).
>Now, I do recall an article a while ago that stated that a 1.0 GHz 62 W. variant
>would be provided (with 1.5 MB of on-chip cache, though my impression is that the
>cache even when it's larger doesn't really soak up a large percentage of the total
>chip power), but that, combined with another reference I'm sure I've seen to Madison's
>peak power at 1.5 GHz being the same as McKinley's (130 W), makes a 1.3 GHz part
>at half that power seem a bit unrealistic.

There seems to be some public confusion of what Deerfield really is. Is it the Madison 3M 1.5Ghz or the low voltage Itaniums introduced later in this year (Q3?). I originally thought that Deerfield was those LV versions, but I am not sure.

>2. There's also at least the suggestion that a 90 nm Itanic could appear some
>time next year. While that was the original schedule for 'Montecito' (before Montecito
>was redefined to be a dual-core chip), the last I knew Montecito was deferred to
>2005 and my impression was that the 9 MB Madison now planned for 2004 was a (very large) 130 nm device.

I recall that some of the later documents I have seen displays "the new" Montecito in late (Q4) 2004,
but this (as always) might or might not be the case. :)
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