Intel Ditching HT, Embracing AMD64

By Justin Mann on
More updates from the IDF on the next line of Intel Processors for later this year and beyond. No big surprise with the advent of mainstream dual-core processors, Intel will be abandoning Hyperthreading in its new processors, and possibly the Netburst Architecture as well, in favor of dual-core processing and power-efficient cores. This may turn HT chips into collectors items one day! On the same note, Intel will now be making their EM64T instruction set fully compatible with AMD64 by including the LAHF and SAHF instructions that current 64-bit Pentiums and Xeons do not support. Intel decided that enough vendors are now using software that take advantage of these instructions and therefore it would be a good idea to bring EM64T up to snuff. Units shipping as soon as October of this year will have the updated instructions.

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