Focused on Throughput
All of these developments taken together show that Intel is focused on improving the throughput of its processors, reducing the latency and increasing the performance per watt of the chips, said John Spooner, an analyst with Technology Business Research. These improvements also look to separate Intel from its main rival-Advanced Micro Devices.
AMD's processors already offer an
integrated memory controller, and the chip maker plans to switch to a 45-nanometer
production process later this year, which should help the company remain
by showing a big increase in the performance of their chips," said Spooner.
"Right now, AMD has not given out much
detail about its new 45-nanometer products, and Nehalem has not been tested
outside of Intel, so it's hard to tell how the two will compete," Spooner
added. "It seems like Intel is really trying to swing for the fences by
offering what looks like a huge performance increase and better performance per
By offering these types of performance increases with Nehalem, Spooner
believes that some customers might rethink their needs when it comes to servers
if Intel can deliver a chip that can support tasks such as database
applications and virtualization off a dual-socket system.
However, Spooner does not see customers abandoning large, multisocket
systems any time soon. One area where AMD
remains particularly competitive with Intel is within the multisocket
In addition to its other features, Gelsinger said later version of Nehalem
will offer integrated graphics. In late 2009, Intel will offer another chip
called Larrabee, which will also offer multiple cores and integrated graphics
on the same piece of silicon. Gelsinger did note that Larrabee will offer a new
"vector instruction set," which will offer a number of improvements, including
greater floating point arithmetic.
"Intel believes that its can separate itself from