After the long reign of the Pentium D and Core 2 processor series, Intel's Hyper-Threading technology made a comeback late last year with the Core i7. Apparently, Microsoft felt inclined to tweak its next operating system to take better advantage of the technology. So points out
InformationWeek, quoting a speech Microsoft Windows development chief Bill Veghte gave at the TechEd conference earlier this week
The second thing that we're excited to announce in terms of the cooperation and the work that's been done is around hyper-threading. And obviously the work that Intel has done around hyper-threading across a multi-core system is absolutely critical for you. And so the work that we've done in Windows 7 in the scheduler and in the core of the system to take full advantage of those capabilities, ultimately we think together we can deliver a great and better experience for you. advantage
As you'll know if you perused our Core i7 review
(or our evaluation of the original 3.06GHz Pentium 4
), Hyper-Threading is an implementation of simultaneous multithreading that allows processors to juggle two logical threads per physical core.
The Core i7 may be somewhat of a niche choice due to high platform costs right now, but Intel also plans to feature Hyper-Threading in 45nm Lynnfield quad-core derivatives later this year, not to mention 32nm Westmere dual-core offerings shortly after that. Both variants should find their way into notebooks, too.