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Intel's logo for its main line of "i7" Nehalem processors will be blue.

Intel's logo for the "Extreme" edition of the i7 brand will be black.
Intel's "baby" -- its new eight-core chips based on the new Nehalem architecture -- have been named and are almost ready to launch

The impending launch of Intel's Nehalem processor in Q4 2008 already has the hardware community buzzing.  Nehalem has already shaped up to appear quite the performance beast.  With the power of eight logical cores (four physical, doubled by hyper-threading) built on a 45 nm process to leverage, it’s shaping up to be a strong offering. 

The new processor will feature QuickPath, Intel's answer to AMD's HyperTransport, an on-chip memory controller, SSE4 instruction support, and an 8 MB cache pool.  Chips have already been demoed running at 3.2 GHz, so early indications are that Intel has had relatively little process problems.

Now Intel has made an important move towards the eventual release of Nehalem by giving it its official brand name.  The processor will be branded "Intel Core" with an "i7" identifier for the first round of chips.  This brand will include an Extreme Edition at launch according to Intel.  It is also expected to launch to both the desktop and server markets, though the server line may come slightly later than the desktop lineup.  Intel is also cooking up mobile versions of the processor. 

In months following the launch, other products with different identifiers will be announced according to Intel.  Intel says that its focus with the line is to both up the performance over its previous successful dual and quad core offerings.  At the same time it hopes to cut the power usage significantly.

Sean Maloney, Intel Corporation executive vice president and general manager, Sales and Marketing Group says that focusing on the "i7" line is Intel's top priority.  He states, "The Core name is and will be our flagship PC processor brand going forward.  Expect Intel to focus even more marketing resources around that name and the Core i7 products starting now."

Intel will maintain a numbered system similar to its past "Intel Core" offerings to differentiate individual processor models.

Another significant advance for Intel is that all the chip's cores will be on a single piece of silicon.  AMD has been using this method for quite some time, but Intel declined in order to improve yields.  The chip will face off against AMD's upcoming Shanghai processor.

Meanwhile, the Penryn platform, while passing the torch to Nehalem will see a bit of new life of its own, thanks to the Dunnington platform which will place 3 dies for a total of 6 cores in a chip package and target the server market. 

AMD plans to release a six-core version of Shanghai to combat this beast.  A 12-core dual-die package version of Shanghai is thought to be in the works, and Intel is likely considering either a dual-die Nehalem with eight cores or consolidating Dunnington to a single die and releasing a dual-die variant with 12 cores to combat this.

Intel is also focusing significant attention to its upcoming line of discrete graphics processors, code-named Larrabee.

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RE: Hey Jason?
By Comdrpopnfresh on 8/12/2008 3:46:09 AM , Rating: 2
I can't wait to see Nehalem vs Shanghai in all-around benchmarks. Nehalem should be quite the multitasking beast, but rumors abound about how Shanghai's module architecture will allow it to perform, what in layman's terms is known as, reverse hyper-threading. It should alleviate multitasking issues, as well as bring a return performance in single-threaded environments. A lot of people say this is what AMD was talking about when they said Shanghai will bring about a new understanding for computing especially with things people didn't think could be done on hardware before.

Unless they're talking about a 300watt processor who's stock fan has a toast slot, it would seem to be threading. It seems performance can only be had nowadays when software is efficiently run to optimize use of multicore processors. If hardware could be used to run standard programming faster, as well as instances where people try to run a few of those standard programs at once- it would be along the lines of what was said...

No one seems to remember how dual-core sucked when it came out. Benchmarks didn't favor it, tdp's didn't favor it, it was only noticeable when people did inhuman levels of multitasking (aka leave needless crap running in background). It wasn't until benchmarks and game demos began over-incorporating dual-core optimized code that was unrepresentative of the consumer market software at the time. Same thing is happening with quad now. It's a shame people are buying pc's at bestbuy w/ quad cores, thinking they'll be faster at this and that. Yeh little timmy has school work to do on the computer regularly, but little timmy doesn't have to encode hi-def movies for his 4th grade english homework.

Unless you use VM, build a server, or we miraculously are delivered a set of stone tablets from a tall mountain and programmers instantly begin writing multi-core optimized code (none of this dual, or quad, but scalable no matter how many) over night, an 8-core HT processor is kinda like having a Ferrari when gas is 5 dollars...

Late september to october at the earliest. Don't expect much below $400 initially. Think along the lines of when core2 was released. First thing is gonna be a 1000-1100 dollar extreme part, a few server processors, and 3-5 mainstream. Prolly looking at a 3.2ghz max release, a 2.8-3.0 variant, 2.4-2.6 variant, 2.2-2.4, 2-2.2. Laptop chips won't follow for another quarter or two- ddr3 prices need to come down. The adoption for i7 will either be slow or really quick. Many xeons used are socket compatible with 775 core2s, so if i7 is to replace xeon in the server market, conroe/penryn needs to dry up. Otherwise, i7 will cut into intel's itanium, and s-771 sales- which offer higher margins.
The success of both AMD and Intel architectures is also contingent on a new Windows OS. One with features and all-around performance everyone will want, not just an aesthetic upgrade- but better hardware to deliver it all. This'll mainly be a concern on the 32nm node.

"Spreading the rumors, it's very easy because the people who write about Apple want that story, and you can claim its credible because you spoke to someone at Apple." -- Investment guru Jim Cramer

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