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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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RE: Graphics on CPU package : What's the point?
By amanojaku on 2/16/2009 10:25:51 AM , Rating: 3
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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.
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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.
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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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