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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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Switchable graphics?
By Gorghor on 2/17/2009 9:50:14 AM , Rating: 2
Beyond the whole "Intel is taking over the low-end GPU market" issue, does any one know what is meant with switchable graphics?

Could this be similar to nVidia's now obsolete hybrid power technology?
This tech, that lets you power off your discrete GPU completly when not needed, sure sounded interesting for us casual gamers that don't want to waste 100 watts or more on an idle GPU (which in my case is over 90% of the time.)

RE: Switchable graphics?
By Adonlude on 2/17/2009 3:54:09 PM , Rating: 2
Yep thats what it is.

RE: Switchable graphics?
By Gorghor on 2/17/2009 5:22:34 PM , Rating: 2
Admitting this is true, I can't really see how this would work without specific on-chip features or drivers from ATI/nVidia. I guess we'll have to wait and see.

RE: Switchable graphics?
By Cypherdude1 on 2/18/2009 12:55:40 AM , Rating: 2
So does anyone have any estimates on the speed of the newer 32nm CPU's? How much faster will they be than the i7's? Any estimates on the price increase? I think the i7 920 at $258 is a good buy myself.

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