Intel's new Tremont low-power architecture is now official
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The new Intel microarchitecture for chipsets that may include the new Lakefield SoC slated for the innvoative Microsoft Surface Neo has been unveiled as promised during the Linley Group's latest conference. This new solution, known as Tremont, is an x86 platform like its predecessor Goldmont Plus. However, its maker asserts that it has many advantages over this older solution.
Tremont now supports new features such as Intel Speed Shift, for improved hardware-based frequency fluctuations; Trusted Execution Technology; Boot Guard for secured boot; Total Memory Encryption and an updated method of syncing to accelerators.
The new ultra-low power solution also has an L2 cache rated for 1.5 to 4.5MB, which can be spread across between 1 and 4 cores. Its last-level cache is both inclusive and non-inclusive. Tremont also integrates Intel Resource Directory Technology with memory bandwidth enforcement and L2 quality-of-service (QoS), which extends to code and data prioritization.
Tremont's 6-wide decoding front end sports an out of order fetch with a 32 kilobit instruction cache featuring 32 bytes per cycle and up to 8 outstanding misses. This end also has a Core-class branch predict, whereas the back end is a 10-wide execution port.
The new architecture's vector execution also comprises 3 ports; dual 128b AES units; single instruction SHA256 and Galois Field crypto acceleration. All in all, Intel asserts that these features render silicon based on Tremont more than ready for an extensive range of applications, such as integration into data-centers, 5G networks and microservers.
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