Merom is the new micro-architecture took out in the open.
Beginning with the second half of 2006 Intel is planning to implement the new architecture in all its components around the world. Merom, is supposed to take out the Netburst architecture that supports the Pentium 4 processors. Considered to be energy efficient, low-powered and of high performance, the new 2006 architecture combines all strengths of Netburst and Pentium M micro-architectures.
Merom is considered to be a solid foundation for the mobile, desktop or server platforms. Higher Out of Order performance, Advanced Power Capability, Multi-Core Enhanced Cache System, Improved Memory Bandwidth Utilization. Intel is planning to launch Napa Platform in early 2006 in order to work with Merom processor.
Code name after code name. Intel is developing also Conroe, a dual-core processor destined for Desktop platforms which will work within the Digital Home platform called Bridge Creek and the Digital Office also known as Averill. Woodcrest is a DP Server processor designed to work within Bensley server platform and Glidewell workstation platform. Bensley and Averill are scheduled for launching in early 2006.
In the end this can be considered a new stage in the Intel versus AMD competition. Due to the new micro-architecture Intel is launching AMD has a lot to work on and we may add, as soon as possible.