More Intel Huron River Platform Details Revealed

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More Intel Huron River Platform Details Revealed

Intel revealed more details of its upcoming ‘Huron River’ mobile platform at an investor’s meeting May 11.

Huron River is scheduled to launch in early 2011 and will be based on a 32nm manufacturing process. The memory and graphics controller will be located on the processor chip, codenamed ‘SandyBridge’, like current Core i3/i5 processors; Intel claims the graphics performance of SandyBridge processors will be significantly improved.

SandyBridge will use the Hyper-Threading technology the company originally introduced with its Pentium 4 processors; it is currently used in the latest Core i3/i5/i7 processors and the Atom. Hyper-Threading technology improves performance by about 40% while only requring 20% more silicon in manufacuturing; Hyper-Threading is a possible alternative to adding more processor cores, which double the amount of silicon required but only increase performance by a factor of 1.8x.

Intel said in the future the company plans to be more platform-focused; it used to create one processor design and use it for multiple platforms, which will no longer be the case going forward.

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