Intel 'Core' moving to 45 nanometer

Intel 'Core' moving to 45 nanometer

Summary: Worth reading: I heard little about Intel's processor roadmap from CEO Paul Otellini's appearance at the Churchill Club, but Tom's Hardware has a comprehensive overview of Intel's plans over the next few years, including a new naming convention (Core) and a move to 45-nanometer manufacturing.

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Worth reading: I heard little about Intel's processor roadmap from CEO Paul Otellini's appearance at the Churchill Club, but Tom's Hardware has a comprehensive overview of Intel's plans over the next few years, including a new naming convention (Core) and a move to 45-nanometer manufacturing. Written by Patrick Schmid, the extensive article includes the latest Intel processor roadmap for the next three years and asks some important questions in its conclusion:

Given the amount of information that has been available, flanking Intel's 65 nm path, and the fact that the Cedar Mill and Presler engineering samples we happened to preview months ago were working smoothly back then already, the 65 nm chapter seems to be something that Intel might already be closing internally, looking ahead to 45 nm. Today, it is all about squeezing the current manufacturing advantage in order to conquer middle earth and lock down brave AMD into its current 90 nm shire - although it is blossoming and as green as it can possibly be.

At this point it is far too early to speculate about products that could be derived from the upcoming chip designs. The product brand, specifications and pricing are discussed as soon as the silicon can be mass produced; usually at least half a year prior to launching a product. The only fact we know for sure is that the Yonah Centrino processor generation will be named Core, replacing the Pentium M brand in many mobility segments. Yet we don't believe that Intel is going to drop the elfish Pentium brand with the next generation micro architecture.

Then there is the obvious question of how Intel's new technology is going to influence the current balance of power. We can't say yet, because there are too many variables that need to be considered. Will AMD be able to take advantage of DDR2 memory? What is the performance difference between a monolithic multi core and others that are composed by distinct dies, especially when it comes to cross-die cache access? Will there be a clock speed penalty when moving to 45 nm and more cores?

Topic: Processors

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  • Shilling at it's best...

    It's such a joke when Intel selects media friendly journos for a tour of it's technology 3 years out. This is the same Intel who claimed they were "way ahead of schedule" on their 90 nano process which resulted in the P4 flame throwers showing up to market a YEAR LATE and being such excessive power consumers that special cases, fans, and heat sinks were require along with a good fire insurance policy and a fire extinguisher!

    Now with AMD having stolen Intel's lunch for the past two years, Intel holds a Dog and Pony Show for a select group of journos who like well wined and dined, aka manipulated journos, write up glowing reviews for Intel on technology they ain't even got fully functional yet. Case in point is their 65 nano chippies with BUGS that have delayed production and release by a full year or more.

    Anyone gullible enough to believe Intel will deliver HALF of what they claim they will deliver in the time frame they CLAIM - deserve exactly what they get - defrauded! While Intel is playing catch-up to AMD, AMD is developing new products to launch as needed to keep Intel in "shock therapy". Intel's media manipulation is intended to save whatever existing Intel customers there is from switching to AMD's documented superior products.

    Obviously consumers are voting on the CPU front with their wallets as AMD continues to take market share from Intel in all market segments from laptop to desktop to server. As a result of poor sales and profits Intel is desperate to save face and convince Wall Street types that all is well. The FUD in the Tom's Hardware story is nothing short of shilling at it's finest and Patrick Schmid knows this all too well. They love the ad revenue they generate at THG from Intel co-op funds... Nothing like a few $$$ to slant your PC technology stories.

    SOS, DD ! Exploitation at it's best.
    realitycheck101
  • Will AMD be able to take advantage of DDR2 memory?

    Ever look at an AMD roadmap before writing an article ?
    JackPastor
  • Good Grief

    Why is there such speculation on this topic? I agree with the other response - did the writer even attempt to review/understand the amd roadmap? Does the writer believe everything Intel says? Has any consideration been given to the fact Intel has for years, not delivered on half of their grand vision? Why is Intel on a regular basis given a free pass? Simply amazing.
    stevie_skoal