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Westmere has a small package

Note the 45nm integrated graphics
Intel prepares for its 32nm transition

Intel's P1268 32nm process is at an incredibly advanced stage, and Intel wants the world to know it.

The CPU behemoth has cancelled several 45nm products because it will have much more advanced 32nm products available this year. AMD, meanwhile, has only been selling 45nm chips since November.

Clarkdale is the desktop version of Westmere, built using two 32nm logic cores and a 45nm graphics core using Intel's "Multi-Chip Packaging". Targeted at the mainstream value market, it is capable of running four threads at once with Intel's newest generation of Hyper-Threading. A server variant of Clarkdale is also to be introduced later in Q1 of 2010.

Arrandale is the mobile version of Clarkdale and will also be available with integrated-on-package graphics. It will allow switchable graphics within Windows 7 and Windows Vista, enabling the use of a higher performance GPU through PCIe when plugged in.  Both Clarkdale and Arrandale will use 5 series chipsets exclusively with DDR3.

This is the first 32nm silicon out of Intel's Fab D1D Research and Development center in Hillsboro, Oregon. We were told that it is fully functional and running Windows 7. Intel also claims that its cycle times are greatly improved over its P1266 45nm process, and expects a faster ramp.

Power consumption numbers are visible for both Clarkdale and Arrandale, but these are just preliminary. Final production silicon will probably be much lower, but this gives a good indication of Intel's prowess.

We’d like to give a special thanks to Stephen Smith, Vice President and Director of Business Operations of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, for making these pictures possible.



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By Master Kenobi (blog) on 2/16/2009 9:28:11 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
So are we paying for something that we won't use?

No. Read the article and research the chip. These are for low end consumer notebooks. Notebooks that are already sold with IGP's. These are not for our kickass gaming desktops and high end notebooks. Instead of having 2 chips on the board (IGP and CPU) on the budget boards/laptops you now get a single chip/socket with both.


RE: Graphics on CPU package : What's the point?
By TSS on 2/16/2009 9:39:52 AM , Rating: 3
besides that it's a good step forward to more powerfull systems on chips, or rather, system on dies.

just look at the picture. now drop a 4Gbit ram chip and a 8Gbit flash chip on there and you have an oversized watch with more computing power then desktop computers had at the turn of the milennium.

reminds me of one of the top 100 quotes on bash.org:

<erno> hm. I've lost a machine.. literally _lost_. it responds to ping, it works completely, I just can't figure out where in my apartment it is.


RE: Graphics on CPU package : What's the point?
By mattclary on 2/16/2009 10:17:07 AM , Rating: 2
That makes me think of a story I read years ago about a Novell server that accidentally got walled up during a renovation. They rediscovered the machine when remodeling yet again and it had never dropped a packet the whole time.


RE: Graphics on CPU package : What's the point?
By Alphafox78 on 2/16/2009 12:49:31 PM , Rating: 2
The University of North Carolina has finally found a network server that,
although missing for four years, hasn't missed a packet in all that
time. Try as they might, university administrators couldn't find the
server. Working with Novell Inc., IT workers tracked it down by
meticulously following cable until they literally ran into a wall. The
server had been mistakenly sealed behind drywall by maintenance workers.
Source: TechWeb News, 04/09/01:
http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20010409S0012

link doesnt work tho..


RE: Graphics on CPU package : What's the point?
By freeagle on 2/16/2009 3:35:30 PM , Rating: 4
Maybe they thought firewall is not good enough for securing the servers, so they "implemented" a drywall.


By cheetah2k on 2/16/2009 10:06:11 PM , Rating: 2
AMD must be spewing - Intel beat them to CPU + GPU on a single package... In the Dave vs Goliath battle, Dave is looking about ant sized right now.


By Cypherdude1 on 2/18/2009 12:49:25 AM , Rating: 2
"The requested resource was not found."

http://www.techweb.com/wire/story/TWB20010409S0012


RE: Graphics on CPU package : What's the point?
By amanojaku on 2/16/2009 10:25:51 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
These are for low end consumer notebooks. Notebooks that are already sold with IGP's.
That's not true; the desktop variant has integrated graphics, as well.
quote:
Clarkdale is the desktop version of Westmere, built using two 32nm logical cores and a 45nm graphics core using Intel's "Multi-Chip Packaging".
Intel is smart to do this. If the IGP is capable of playing common low end games like Warcraft a lot of "casual" gamers would benefit from not having to scope out a GPU. I suspect the IGP adds no more than $30 to the cost, anyway, which won't be noticed in the usual debut price of $200-$400. Intel gets a couple of extra bucks, the consumer gets a "free" video card, and a true GPU maker looses market share. Brilliant.


By Master Kenobi (blog) on 2/16/2009 11:08:54 AM , Rating: 2
You conveniently overlook 2 sentences down.
quote:
Instead of having 2 chips on the board (IGP and CPU) on the budget boards/laptops you now get a single chip/socket with both.


RE: Graphics on CPU package : What's the point?
By amanojaku on 2/16/2009 11:26:48 AM , Rating: 2
If this works out on desktops and mobile devices I can see this making its way to servers, particularly blades, and home theater devices, as well. Any device that has limited space will benefit from the reduction resulting from a seamless integration. And imagine Intel bidding for an Intel-inside XBox with some proprietary graphics. This all depends on Intel's level of interest and capability, both of which seem to be increasing these days.


By InternetGeek on 2/16/2009 5:40:34 PM , Rating: 2
I'd rather not based on the historic performance


RE: Graphics on CPU package : What's the point?
By paydirt on 2/16/2009 11:42:40 AM , Rating: 1
I said this about 5 months ago. The battle is no longer between nVidia and AMD, it is between nVidia and Intel. AMD is done.


By grcunning on 2/16/2009 12:15:25 PM , Rating: 2
I wish I had a dollar for each time someone has told me that AMD was done. I remember many "computer experts" telling me that my purchase of an AMD 386-40MHz was a waste of time because AMD wouldn't be around to honor the warranty.


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