Jenkins, John DUAL CORE PROCESSORS - A Brief Overview of...

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A Brief Overview of Intel Dual Core Desktop Processors John Jenkins CIS 348 Professor Ciampa October 23, 2007
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A Brief Overview of Intel Dual Core Desktop Processors In the never-ending quest for faster CPU processing speeds, the major processor manufacturers in the last couple of years have created multiple core processors. This began with the introduction of the dual core processor which is two processor cores on one die. This is tantamount to having a system with a motherboard that can accommodate two separate processors running at the same clock speed (although this speed is lower than current single core processor speeds) and has the effect of making the processing tasks much faster, particularly multitasking, and, by virtue of sharing the processing workload and consuming less power, allows for the creation of much less heat. (Shelly, Cashman & Vermaat, 2008, p.190) AMD created the first dual core processor and Intel followed quickly with their first desktop model, the Pentium Processor Extreme Edition, which was not what we think of as dual core today. It was simply two cores put together on one die and each one used a separate level 2 cache memory. There was no technology included that accommodated the processors working in tandem as current dual core processors do. However they were designed to work with the Intel HyperThreading technology. (Shrout, 2005) Intel played catch-up well and next introduced the Pentium D which was its first truly dual
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  • Spring '08
  • Xeon, Central processing unit, Intel, LGA 775, Dual core, Pentium 4

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