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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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How about some freakin' chipsets now, Intel?
By aos007 on 2/16/2009 2:00:22 PM , Rating: -1
Yeah, yeah, yet ANOTHER CPU is announced/released/teased by Intel. How about some chipsets now for a change Intel eh?? There's that Atom thing and it's been updated already yet it's STILL running on an old chipset that uses way more power and heat than the CPU itself. Wasn't the whole point of this exercise to allow very low power/low heat devices? Without chipset that is appropriate to Atom, that's not really happening. And how about some freakin' new chipset to replace your obscenely overpriced X58 so people who want i7 can actually buy one in this economic climate and not feel like idiots for overpaying? Or is Intel now CPU-only manufacturer?




RE: How about some freakin' chipsets now, Intel?
By sweetsauce on 2/16/2009 2:07:42 PM , Rating: 3
X58/I7 isn't meant for you. Its for the enthusiast market, the one that doesn't worry about something being affordable. If you want luxury performance, you must be willing to pay for it. Now you can argue that the price/performance of I7 isn't worth it, but that's irrelevant. Wait patiently for I5 or pay up for I7, the choice is yours.

On Atom, i'm pretty sure they know that if they make a good chipset for it to run on, they will completely cannibalize their notebook core2s. They are really stuck because they have 2 chips competing for a samilar market, and one has significantly lower margins for profit.


By mindless1 on 2/16/2009 8:43:14 PM , Rating: 2
There has been an enthusiast class of equipment for many years without some of the extremes in pricing we see today. The observation was correct, that this isn't just the simple notion of "must be willing to pay for it", as that kind of generic mentality could be claimed if they cost $1 million dollars each. In the real world, everything has relative worth and value even to supposed enthusiasts.


By haukionkannel on 2/17/2009 3:13:18 AM , Rating: 2
They most propably have better chipset already in labs. They just need a good reason to start producing it. But so far there has not been any reason to do it. The old chipset sell well enough. That is what is going to happen to CPU if AMD dies out...


By Oregonian2 on 2/16/2009 4:43:55 PM , Rating: 2
Curiously, I think the fab being closed down this year in Hillsboro (near here) is/was used to make chipset IC's. Ironic that the new CPU was made in a nearby facility. :-)


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