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Intel 32nm Westmere Desktop Processor Roadmap Exposed

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Feb 10, 2009 1:53 pm

Intel 32nm Westmere Desktop Processor Roadmap Exposed

Intel had a news briefing just moments ago in downtown in San Francisco that involved a processor roadmap update presented by VP Steve Smith and Senior Fellow Mark Bohr. The highlight of the meeting was the discussion about new milestones for the 32nm manufacturing and progress toward future products. If you don't know about the 32nm Westmere core or upcoming Lynnfield, Clarksfield, Clarkdale, Arrandale or Gulftown processors you need to read on.

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The first Intel 32nm Westmere products will feature both a processor core and an integrated graphics & integrated memory controller on a single processor. What makes this design so interesting is that the processor core is 32nm and that the memory controller and integrated memory controller are on a separate 45nm die. Intel has perfected the 45nm process since they have been doing it so long they have made the gates inside the processor perform better. Since the integrated graphics and memory controller is located on a separate die it is rumored that you can adjust the power settings and clock frequencies better than on one die. Intel took their current 65nm integrated graphics technology and shrunk it down to 45nm and added all the performance tweaks to get even more performance...


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Re: Intel 32nm Westmere Desktop Processor Roadmap Exposed

Postby Bwall » Tue Feb 10, 2009 3:22 pm

Exciting news. I just got my i7 920 but those 32nm processors are looking good, first silicon boots up an OS is really impressive!!

Intel is really on top of "tick tock", pulling 32nm in so far that they are going to cancel 45nm parts...wow!
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Re: Intel 32nm Westmere Desktop Processor Roadmap Exposed

Postby stev » Tue Feb 10, 2009 6:56 pm

So, is the tick-tock Intels way of saying AMDs time is numbered? :?
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Re: Intel 32nm Westmere Desktop Processor Roadmap Exposed

Postby skier » Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:43 pm

Intel's 45nm Havendale/Auburndale might not be produced since the 32nm is doing so well


is this a sign that intel doesnt think AMD is a competitor in the future? if they were a competitor, intel would be forced to continue rolling out new chips...

and 6 cores? i thought Intel was gonna go straight to 8, and be like normal people using powers of 2
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Re: Intel 32nm Westmere Desktop Processor Roadmap Exposed

Postby Apoptosis » Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:57 pm

The 45nm Havendale/Auburndale were supposed to be 45nm chips that were the first to the first CPUs featuring Integrated Graphics... Since 32nm CPUs are coming along so nicely launching the 45nm parts would have overlapped the launch of the 32nm parts with Integrated Graphics. Since both were on the roadmap to come out around the same time Intel is considering terminating the Havendale/Auburndale parts. I honestly can't blame them for doing so with the way the economy is and if 32nm is as good as they are making it out to be it will be better this way anyway. A lower cost 32nm processor with better performance and lower power consumption sounds like the way to go!
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Re: Intel 32nm Westmere Desktop Processor Roadmap Exposed

Postby gwolfman » Wed Feb 11, 2009 10:41 am

Die shrinks are always good, keep up the pace Intel. AMD, keep Intel in check!
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Re: Intel 32nm Westmere Desktop Processor Roadmap Exposed

Postby SAMSAMHA » Wed Feb 11, 2009 3:00 pm

gwolfman wrote:Die shrinks are always good, keep up the pace Intel. AMD, keep Intel in check!


not neccessary true:). The Pentium 4 die shrink does not seem to help too much to its crappy design.

I am waiting for the 32nm processor to upgrade (or may simply skip the current gen and move to the next tick from intel, who knows).
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