Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Wed 11th Feb 2009 09:51 UTC
Intel Intel demoed the world's first 32-nanometer processor today, showing it off in several test desktop and laptop configurations. There aren't any hard-set specifications or benchmarks just yet, but here's the scoop on the upcoming processors, according to Intel: The 45nm desktop and laptop processors (the Clarksfield and Lynnfield) with four cores will transitionally be replaced by dual core alternative 32nm processors (the Clarkdale and Arrandale) that also have an integrated graphics processor all with the same form factor as the 45nm chips. Two exciting side-notes: The first, Intel will be investing over $8 billion into the 32nm era (alright, so not immensely exciting, but definitely interesting, especially in this economy where money isn't shouldn't be thrown around without a mighty good cause). The second bit, according to one of Intel's charts, apparently there will be a 32nm high-end desktop processor (the Gulftown) that will have six cores. The good news? Parts of the platform will be going into production in 2009 for sure. The bad news? They said "parts." Be warned: that Core i7 you have your eye on will be a thing of the past come the newer and higher-end quad-core 32nm beauties.
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Better title
by geleto on Wed 11th Feb 2009 11:28 UTC
geleto
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A better title would be:
'First Ever Mainstream Processor with Integrated GPU'
This is a much more important milestone than switching to a smaller process. With AMD's Fusion ( http://fusion.amd.com ), Intel's plans to put a GPU inside the Atom Pineview and Clarkdale/Arrandale and the recent rummors that NVidia is designing a x86 processor - this seemes to be the direction future CPUs are going.
Maybe in the near future the separate GPU will go the way of the math coprocessor.
While there are ARM processors with integrated GPU, also AMD's geode has integrated graphics - this is the first time such processor will hit the mainstream.

Edited 2009-02-11 11:33 UTC

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