Earlier today, Intel revealed to DailyTech more
details regarding 45nm server products, including launch windows and
Kirk Skaugen, general manager of Intel's Server Platform Group, opened his statements
with "We were originally in the Q1'08 timeframe. Today I'm happy to
announce to report for the first time that our server 45nm Xeon products based
on the Penryn core will be available into production for the second half
Intel's latest desktop guidance claims 45nm desktop SKUs will also launch in
late 2007, with volume
shipments occurring in 2008. As it stands right now, only the mobile 45nm SKUs are
expected to launch in 2008.
Skaugen also confirmed that Penryn-based Xeon processors will utilize
the same server platform as Xeon 5000, 5100 and 5300. Nehalem,
Intel's next-generation micro architecture on the 45nm node slated for 2008,
will require new platform technology and is not compatible with the Penryn platform.
45nm quad-core Harpertown and dual-core Wolfdale were originally
slated to spearhead the next-generation Xeon launch in Q1 2008. The
existing Bensley platform, Intel 5000P chipset, will still provide the
heavy lifting for volume dual-socket on 45nm Xeon. A new platform, Cranberry
Lake, will replace Bensley-VS for value dual-socket Intel platforms,
and will support Harpertown and Wolfdale.
Intel hinted earlier this year it might pull some of its launches in after the Penryn
tape-out proved slightly
more successful than anticipated.