At this year’s International Solid State Circuits Conference, Intel spilled a few more beans about its new 45nm processor
dubbed “Silverthorne,” which will only consume 0.5 to 2W and offer speeds that range from 1GHz to 2GHz. Like the recently announced Isaiah chips, Silverthorne is designed for use with ultra-mobile PCs and mobile internet devices.
Although most modern chips use out of order pipelines for performance benefits, Silverthorne marks a step away from this practice as the new processors strictly handle commands in order to keep power consumption at a minimum. Nevertheless, the processor will resurrect HyperThreading technology in order to process to independent commands simultaneously and be fully compatible with the instruction set used by the Core 2 chips.