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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RE[3]: Comment by El_Exigente
by weildish on Wed 11th Feb 2009 23:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by El_Exigente"
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The reason I called it "bad news" was the very reason flangue mentioned. I'll expound a bit more. There are those of us who have been psyched about the new Core i7 processors. Having the newest, most powerful hardware is a plus for many people-- it's a sort of a pride thing, I guess. So when you've bought the most powerful thing on the market only to find out there's going to be something better soon, it's not so joyous. Also: if you've got your eye on the most powerful thing on the market but find out that something even better will be coming out in only a year or two, you're stuck between the choice of: Do I get what I want now, or do I wait a year or two and get the better piece of hardware? Or do I wait a year or two for the price of the current hardware to go down? So yes-- it's bad news in that sense, though I'm still rooting for new hardware to come out even though it makes my Phenom 9500, 2 GB DDR2, and ATI HD 2600XT worth less and less and look more and more like a compy a little kid would get from his dad after it's been used for ten years.

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