My thoughts and the thoughts of others regarding the additional "Penryn" details

Quite honestly, I don't get much hate mail.  This week I did. Between Life with Penryn, my Hyper-Threading article and a few other roadmap leaks we've provided over the last few days, I am running out of time to individually address them all. Let me address a few common emails I've received.

With regard to Penryn being "delayed" -- several publications took up the story that Penryn is delayed, and that shipping it in 2008 is some kind of tactic to cover the weakness of the processor.  Several people emailed me, including writers at those publications, asking me why I didn't run with this story.  For the record, I did, it's right at the top of Welcome Back Hyper-Threading.  Secondly, is it really a delay? 

The roadmaps claim shipping in Q4 2007, with the launch date in 2008.  This is exactly the same phase AMD used to describe the ship date of 65nm Brisbane last year -- so I am a bit inclined to say nobody will see these processors until 2008.  Even then, is it delayed?  The date everybody had in their head was 2007, but almost every CPU in the last 15 years has taken at least a year from tape-out to launch date.  The Penryn tape-out was November 2006.

With regard to Hyper-Threading:  A slide to the roadmap supplied to DailyTech, available here, is one of the documents we used to verify the information in question.

However, I received a call today from someone running damage control claiming first generation Penryn will not have Hyper-Threading, and that the roadmap is incorrect.  Our source claimed "We will not discuss future products, but the DailyTech article that had references to Hyper-Threading on 45nm Penryn is incorrect.  The reference to Hyper-Threading was based on earlier data that has since been removed from Intel guidance."

We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

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