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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 haukionkannel on 2/17/2009 3:07:05 AM , Rating: 2
Yep!

This mean that when in the past the manufacturer desided if they put intel, amd (ati) or nvidia integrated graphic in their low end products (read products that is the biggest selling and most profitable in the world...) They now deside between intel and intel... If the GPU is allready in the CPU why to put in another? No reason at all. So this actually kills completely AMD and NVidia in low end intel CPU based computers...
If someone use AMD CPU they deside between intel, amd and nvidia like before, so intel really takes the low end front this time! They will get total monopoly sooner than anyone expected. In midle and high end the situation does not change, but this may eat the economy of Nvidia and AMD so badly that they may have to give up the fight, or the high end GPU will get much more expensive that today.
Maybe in the future we all all play with intel grahics because there is not any competition left? Who knows... I can't wait that day to happen... I may even have to did out my old Doom if i want to play games... och and nethack ;-)

Seriously. This is strong move from Intel to completely take over low and low-middle range GPU manufacturing.


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