Intel Sets "Penryn" Launch Date
Anh Tuan Huynh
August 14, 2007 6:18 PM
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Intel prepares boxed quad-core "Penryn" based Xeon processors for November 11
Intel has set the launch date for its
based quad-core Xeon processor family. The company intends to launch seven new
based models ranging from 2.0-to-3.16 GHz on November 11, according to a posting on
Intel’s reseller webpage
. Standard “E” bin and performance “X” bin processors launch on November 11.
Intel Xeon processors carrying the “E” designation feature 80-watt TDP ratings while the “X” bin processors have higher 120-watt TDP ratings. Intel does not plan to launch the low-power “L” models until Q1’08, with two models in the pipeline.
Strangely, Intel never issued a formal announcement for the launch of
nor has the November 11 date showed up on roadmaps. Instead, the launch date popped up on a public webpage for resellers.
Quad-Core Xeon DP
-based Intel Xeon
processors begin at $209 for the entry-level E5405 to $1,172 for the top-end X5460. Although Intel set the launch dates for quad-core Xeon based
processors, the company remains silent on the launch date of the desktop and mobile counterparts.
architecture is the next evolution of the Core 2 micro architecture that made its debut with Woodcrest and Conroe processors.
introduces a 45nm fabrication process with a few
additional performance enhancements
. Most notably,
introduces new SSE4 instructions for enhanced multimedia performance.
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RE: 12MB cache on a US$200 chip
8/17/2007 9:42:18 AM
This is good and bad, for the consumer and the manufacturer respectively.
Obviously, such a high end going for "pretty cheap" is great for the high-end purchaser. One may hope that all the 65 nm Core 2 Duo products now get priced as aggressively as memory.
It is also surprising to see such a high-end product go for the same price as a 65 nm or even a 90 nm standard product. Keep in mind that this is a large area chip using a more expensive process. This affects both Intel and AMD.
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