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Intel's embedded IA roadmap
Single digit TDP envelopes for all!

As if Intel needed any more reasons for people to like Yonah, the company just announced plans to build a 1.2GHz, 65nm Yonah processor with a 533MHz FSB and 2MB L2 cache.  But here's the kicker, the processor has a TDP envelope of 9W.  The new processor will sell under the name Intel Core Duo U2500.

Intel previously had a Pentium M Dothan SKU, the Pentium M LV 738, which had a TDP envelope of about 10W, but was a single-core processor.  Both the Pentium M LV 738 and the Core Duo U2500 are BGA processors, meaning they are soldered directly onto the motherboard.  These embedded processors are used for things like ultra portable tablets, UMPCs and Ethernet switches.  The Core Duo U2500 should be available immediately. 

Furthermore, Intel's roadmap reveals that 65nm Merom processors will also have Low Voltage variants.  At the Intel Developer Forum earlier this year Intel representatives announced that Merom would have more robust features when it comes to power management.  It certainly isn't hard to fathom that single digit TDP envelopes may become commonplace in the near future. Merom is expected to launch this August, although the Low Voltage variants of processors from Intel typically launch a few months after the main segments is announced.


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completly silent?
By mrwxyz on 5/30/2006 2:16:16 PM , Rating: 3
Would this allow for a completely passive cooled HTPC (and silent!)? 1.2Ghz isnt speedy, but it should be fine for a HTPC...




RE: completly silent?
By Hare on 5/30/2006 2:23:24 PM , Rating: 2
Yes. Cooling 9watts is trivial even with a small heatsink. And don't forget it's 2 x 1.2Ghz and mhz to mhz Yonah is faster than A64 or Pentium M. Oh, and no need for active PSU.


RE: completly silent?
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 5/30/06, Rating: 0
RE: completly silent?
By Soccerman06 on 5/30/2006 2:38:57 PM , Rating: 2
Theres still a HDD that makes noise.


RE: completly silent?
By shadowzz on 5/30/2006 2:41:48 PM , Rating: 4
RE: completly silent?
By Mudvillager on 5/30/2006 2:41:48 PM , Rating: 2
heard of samsung's 32gb nand ssd?
think i read somewhere that it will be down to about $300 by the end of 2007.


RE: completly silent?
By Hare on 5/31/2006 9:56:15 AM , Rating: 2
Besides non mechanical media I really doubt you could hear a suspended Samsung HD with acoustic management from over a meter's distance...


RE: completly silent?
By caboosemoose on 5/30/2006 4:44:37 PM , Rating: 2
Incorrect. MHz to MHz, Yonah is slightly slower than Dothan - I've measured this myself and was a little disappointed.


RE: completly silent?
By PT2006 on 5/30/2006 5:02:37 PM , Rating: 2
But these are dual core


RE: completly silent?
By Hare on 5/31/2006 9:36:19 AM , Rating: 2
Nope. I really doubt you were the only one to get "proper" results. It is a fact that Yonah is faster than pentium M per Mhz. I've read at least 15 reviews and have empirical experiance.


RE: completly silent?
By Johnmcl7 on 5/31/2006 10:52:49 AM , Rating: 2
Same here - I benchmarked a Pentium-m 533Mhz 2Ghz and a Yonah at 1.9Ghz (1.83Ghz with 5% overclock) - the Yonah was faster in every application I tested which were all single threaded running one at a time.

John


RE: completly silent?
By tygrus on 5/31/2006 12:25:27 AM , Rating: 2
Does it switch of the second core off while running on batteries to keep TDP below 9w ?
Power and performance while connected to mains -vs- batteries ?


RE: completly silent?
By Mudvillager on 5/30/2006 2:40:21 PM , Rating: 2
you wouldn't be able to watch high definition content at full fps.


RE: completly silent?
By Master Kenobi (blog) on 5/30/2006 2:44:54 PM , Rating: 2
So? Who the heck is gonna watch HD Content on a system based off this anyhow?


RE: completly silent?
By glennpratt on 5/30/2006 3:17:20 PM , Rating: 2
Umm, the original post was about an HTPC. You'd get annoyed not being able to watch HD pretty quick considering how much content there is.


RE: completly silent?
By DRavisher on 5/30/2006 2:56:28 PM , Rating: 3
720p AVC should be fine if the decoder can use both cores. Maybe even more if you add a passive nvidia or ATI card that can help out a bit.


RE: completly silent?
By Motley on 5/30/2006 3:48:17 PM , Rating: 1
Just drop in any nvidia card based on the last 3 generations and you should be just fine. Even 1080p content on my 3.4GHz only uses 10-15% CPU.


RE: completly silent?
By goku on 5/31/2006 4:18:06 AM , Rating: 2
What program are you using to view your HD content?


RE: completly silent?
By stephenbrooks on 5/31/2006 3:56:02 PM , Rating: 2
--[Just drop in any nvidia card based on the last 3 generations and you]--

...no longer have a 9W thermal envelope? :)

Seriously, I'm not sure I've seen many graphics cards designed for cool running, though perhaps they exist.


RE: completly silent?
By Duraz0rz on 5/31/2006 12:12:45 AM , Rating: 2
If the HD decoder can take advantage of both cores, then it should be speedy enough.


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