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Dual-core XScale due soon

Published: 27th Sep 2006, 15:29:51 | Permalink | Printable

Will that heatsink find any fans among us?

Intel is set to launch its new high-performance XScale within the coming weeks, according to a leaked roadmap. Codenamed Chevelon, the monster processor could be officially unveiled before the month is out according to one schedule. It's claimed the chip giant is planning to launch some additions to its x86 desktop and server processor series, as well as a couple of high-speed hard disc controllers and the IOP342 - an ARM-compatible single- or dual-core XScale running at 800Mhz or 1.2GHz.

Below is a photo of the IOP342 in one of its target applications.

Under the heatsink is a dual-core 800MHz IOP342 on a harddisc array card with its fan removed. The processor can reportedly hit 75°C

The new XScale is to be billed as a high-performance system-on-chip part, and has already surfaced in engineering sample quantities for trade shows and hardware reviews where the chip is used as an IO processor - such as in the impressive next-generation Arca ARC-1280 RAID card, which employs an IOP342 and comes with a $1600 price tag.

The chip is related to the 600MHz IOP321 found in the RISC OS 5-driven Castle Iyonix.


Intel Q4 desktop and server launch plans from Daily Tech
Areca ARC-1280 preview and comparison The Intel IOP family

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I expect it will be at least another 2 to 3 year before we here of castle test RO 5 with this new processor. Maybe they will write some RO 5 modules to use the second core.

 is a RISC OS UserMikeCarter on 27/9/06 3:42PM
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Correction of spellings and grammar : "Hear" and Years"

 is a RISC OS UserMikeCarter on 27/9/06 3:44PM
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Heatsink? Fan? 75 degrees?! And it's not even clocked much faster than the IOP321... How long before Intel's "run it fast and hot" Pentium-style engineering ruins a fine low-power processor family, I wonder?

 is a RISC OS Usertamias on 27/9/06 4:16PM
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Tamias: It's clocked up to twice as fast as the IOP321, and has up to 2 cores. That all adds to the heat bill.

 is a RISC OS Userjohnpettigrew on 27/9/06 4:35PM
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tamias: Could be a shrewd marketting ploy, what with the Core 2 Duo being so cool and nippy in comparison.

 is a RISC OS Userjymbob on 27/9/06 5:58PM
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We don't need to worry until a fan is bolted on top...

 is a RISC OS Userjamesp on 27/9/06 11:11PM
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I think the 75°C are probably the maximum temperature the chip may safely run at. I don't think it would reach such a high temperature under normal operating conditions, but can be used in hot environments.

 is a RISC OS UserJGZimmerle on 28/9/06 1:59AM
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tamias>I for one would be *very happy* to see ARM running "hot", using some juice and putting some pretty good performance out there. For too long the emphasis has been on "low power consumption" and not enough on performance. Moving the goal post towards *higher performance* may mean tolerating higher core temp/power consumption - but if you want *fast* that's what you have to put up with.

Having a large L2 cache, faster main memory controller, and higher clock rate means this processor will perform somewhat faster than a simple divide 800MHz by 600MHz would suggest. Anyways I'd be holding out for the 1.2GHz beauty......

 is a RISC OS UserAMS on 28/9/06 7:17PM
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