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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Comment by El_Exigente
by El_Exigente on Wed 11th Feb 2009 20:17 UTC
El_Exigente
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2007-01-08

Possibly I am being obtuse here, but why should this be "bad news" about which someone would need to be "warned"? Now, it is true that my main machine is ancient, by computer standards, and that I will eventually need to upgrade. I had briefly considered a Wolfdale but then decided to wait for Nehalem. Now, if this new cpu family is going to be a watershed in the course of cpu history, I would like to know why it should labeled something about which I need to be warned. An explanation would be greatly appreciated.

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RE: Comment by El_Exigente
by flanque on Wed 11th Feb 2009 20:44 in reply to "Comment by El_Exigente"
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2005-12-15

Oh I don't know.. maybe for those who are seriously thinking of buying an i7 (like me).. it's already practically obsolete.

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RE[2]: Comment by El_Exigente
by El_Exigente on Wed 11th Feb 2009 21:17 in reply to "RE: Comment by El_Exigente"
El_Exigente Member since:
2007-01-08

That's not really an enlightening reply. Are i7's going to be "obsolete" in the sense that there are apps and OS'es that it will not run but which will run on the 32nm cpu's? Are the 32nm cpu's going to be run at several times the speed of i7's and yet cost but a fraction of the price? Really, the only thing that I can foresee, is that the retail cost of i7's might well decrease at some point reasonably soon after the 32nm's come market. But as to what "obsolete" means in this context, is not clear at all.

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