Intel touts Nehalem as its greenest processor


Intel is claiming that the new Nehalem processor due out in November will be its greenest to date. The company said that the systems it has built into its platforms and the technology used have been revolutionary, so much so that Gordon Moore, co-founder of the company, called its 45 nm transistors the company’s greatest advancement ever.

The high-k metal gate technology in the systems uses the element Hafnium to manage the problems of building transistors on such a small scale. The company says the new design gives major improvements in both energy efficiency and speed. Intel is making “performance and power and now highly connected,” Intel architect Ronak Singhal told

“I don’t know how many hours we’ve spent arguing about power over features. If a feature added performance but used more power; it’s been a very different mindset for Nehalem.”