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Volgens EETimes Semiconductor News kunnen we halverwege dit jaar de eerste samples van de Intel Merced verwachten. De Merced bestaat nu alleen nog maar in software simulatie:

Intel Corp. said its Merced processor development effort has reached a significant milestone: the running of the Unix operating system in a software simulation of a four-way Merced implementation.

The successful interoperability of multiple logic models of Merced opens the door for a full-scale push to finish the physical implementation of Merced in time for sampling to OEMs by the middle of this year, Gadi Singer, an Intel vice president who co-manages the Merced development effort, said at the Intel Developers Forum here.

System OEMs are receiving the simulation engines for Merced now, along with Spice and timing models, so they can debug software concurrently with the chip layout work being done by the hardware team. Besides the seven operating systems that are running on the Merced simulation platform, Merced marketing manager Ron Curry said Intel plans to work to bring up the Linux OS on Merced soon.

...en ook wat info over de performance:

  Intel said Merced would achieve 3-Gflops extended-precision floating-point performance and 6-Gflops single-precision performance. "Those two numbers were enough to convince some of my users we made the right move in going with Merced," crowed John Mashey, director of systems technology at Silicon Graphics Inc. in a panel session here.

Zie EETimes voor het complete artikel.

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