Intro to the μop Pipeline


While the μop pipeline in the P6 processors consisted of 10 stages, the Pentium® 4 pipeline was completely re-designed and expanded to 20 stages (see Figure 38-22 on page 929). Intel® refers to this as a hyper-pipelined design. The operational processor core clock rate determines how many gates of logic can be included in each pipeline stage. Dividing the core's pipeline into less complex stages with less work performed in each stage (with fewer logic gates) permits a significantly higher core clock frequency.

Figure 38-22. The 20-Stage Instruction Pipeline

While Intel® has provided the names ...

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