Processor architecture

David B. Kirk
2006 Proceedings of the 15th international conference on Parallel architectures and compilation techniques - PACT '06  
The Intel ® Core™ Duo processor is a new member of the Intel ® mobile processor product line. It is the first Intel ® mobile microarchitecture that uses CMP (Core Multi-Processor; i.e., multi cores on die) technology. Targeted to the market of general-purpose mobile systems, the Intel Core Duo core was built to achieve high performance, while consuming low power and fitting into different thermal envelopes. In order to achieve the required performance, a CMPbased microarchitecture was designed
more » ... cture was designed to achieve powerefficient architecture, each performance improvement was evaluated against the power cost, and only the power-efficient performance features were implemented. On top of that, special hardware mechanisms were added to better control the static and the dynamic power consumption. As a result, the Intel Core Duo processor provides higher performance in the same form factors without needing to increase the cooling capability. In this paper we present the new Intel Core Duo microarchitecture and show how the need to target power-efficient general-purpose processors has affected many of our decisions. We provide a general overview of the different ingredients of the Intel Core Duo system, while the other papers in this issue of the Intel Technology Journal focus on more specific aspects of the system such as the CMP microarchitecture and the power and thermal control methods.
doi:10.1145/1152154.1152158 dblp:conf/IEEEpact/Kirk06 fatcat:ripc4vk7jrhqtmtcn6fxk2tepq