Physical Address Extension
In computing, Physical Address Extension (PAE) is a processor feature to enable 32-bit IA-32 central processing units (CPUs) to access physical address space larger than 4 gigabytes by extending the paging schema . It allows up to 64 gigabytes of system memory to be addressed by a 32-bit processor.
PAE was first introduced with the Intel 32-bit processor Pentium Pro. Since then it has been a feature on all Intel processors except some Pentium M mobile processors. Athlon or K7 is the first processor from AMD supported PAE. Now all AMD processors support PAE. In addition to processor support, PAE requires the operating system (OS) to support it. Windows 2000 was the first OS to support PAE.
Desktop Processors[change | change source]
|Processors||Physical Addressing Bit Width|
|Intel Pentium Pro/Pentium II/Pentium III/Pentium II Celeron/Celeron||36 bits|
|Intel Pentium 4/Pentium 4 Celeron/Pentium D/Celeron D||36 bits|
|Intel Core 2/Pentium Dual-Core/Celeron||36 bits|
|Intel Core i3/i5/i7/Celeron/Pentium||36/39 bits|
|AMD Athlon 64/Athlon X2/Sempron/Sempron X2||40 bits|
|AMD Athlon/Athlon II/Sempron/Sempron X2||48 bits|
|AMD C-50||36 bits|
|AMD APU A4/A5/A6/A8/Athlon/Sempron||48 bits|
References[change | change source]
- "Physical Address Extension". Windows Dev Center. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
- Eric Hammersley, Professional VMware Server (Indianapolis, IN: Wrox/Wiley Pub., 2007), p. 13
- "Microsoft Partners With Sequent for High-End Windows 2000." Computergram International. 1999. HighBeam Research. (December 31, 2014). http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-54714335.html