Intel confirms Yonah chip plans

Intel will unveil plans for its first dual-core successor to the Pentium M processor, codenamed Yonah at the Intel Developer...

Intel will unveil plans for its first dual-core successor to the Pentium M processor, codenamed Yonah at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

Paul Otellini, president and chief operating officer confirmed the codename for the project, but declined to provide any further details ahead of a keynote address by mobile executive Anand Chandrasekher.

Many companies throughout the semiconductor industry have already shipped or are planning to release processors with more than one core processing unit. The design allows chipmakers to run the individual cores at slower clock speeds, which saves power while still providing more overall performance than a faster single-core chip.

Yonah should appear in 2005, around the time the rest of Intel's dual-core processors are released.

It is expected to pave the way for Merom, a future project that sources say will be targeted at both the desktop and mobile PC markets. Intel has not confirmed the existence of Merom.

Analysts believe that Intel will have an easier time implementing a dual-core processor using the power-friendly architecture of the Pentium M processor.

The company's existing desktop and server chips are based on a different architecture that is built for speed, while the Pentium M was designed to minimise power consumption while maximising performance.

Tom Krazit writes for IDG News Service

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