Intel's 'tick tock' Penryn shrinking chips

Intel's 'tick tock' Penryn shrinking chips

Summary: Intel is ramping up its 45-nanometer generation of chips, which will result in smaller, faster and more energy efficient chips. Tom Krazit covers the announcement:  The Penryn chips are the first iteration of the new manufacturing strategy outlined by [Intel CEO Paul] Otellini earlier this year.

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Intel is ramping up its 45-nanometer generation of chips, which will result in smaller, faster and more energy efficient chips. Tom Krazit covers the announcement: 

The Penryn chips are the first iteration of the new manufacturing strategy outlined by [Intel CEO Paul] Otellini earlier this year. Intel wants to introduce new chip microarchitectures and manufacturing technologies on a regular two-year cadence, which the company refers to as the "tick-tock" strategy.

Penryn is essentially a shrink of the Core 2 Duo chips, with a few extras like the SSE4 instructions. It's being introduced along with the new manufacturing technology, the "tick" of Intel's plans. Then next year, when the 45-nanometer manufacturing technology is mature, Intel will introduce a new chip microarchitecture code-named Nehalem--the "tock"--with more significant changes to the chip design.

The rapid cadence is designed to ensure Intel won't get fooled again. Advanced Micro Devices caught Intel off guard earlier this decade, introducing a new chip architecture that represented a significant improvement in performance and power efficiency over Intel's chips at the time.

Read the rest of Krazit's story

See coverage on Techmeme 

Watch Robert Scoble's 40-minute video tour of Intel's new 45-nanometer fab in Hillsboro, Oregon, with Intel Senior Fellow Mark Bohr (pictured below)

Podtech.net's NPR-like overview of microprocessor evolution and Penryn

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  • Speaking of Tic Tock,...

    I searched the Web Looking for a Large Number StopWatch Clock that I could use on my Regular Windows XP Desktop, that I could run a Huge Overhead Display out of to show a Stop Watch or Time Elapsed to an Audience. I figured there would be Hundreds of them because you can program these things about a dozen different ways, so I figured there should be just OODLES to Choose from Right? WRONG! Seems the only people making StopWatches these days are beginning programmers targeting Palm and Mobile users.

    And Oddly one of the Coolest Stop Watches I found that came close to what I was looking for was a Free Flash based Stopwatch only available by using the Web.
    http://csmith.info/clocks/stopwatch/Cronometro.swf

    But I was unable to save the File to my PC. (It kept wanting to open with Winamp, I can't use it with Winamp)

    So why am I ranting and raving about all of this here?
    Because I figure this is where all the THINKERS gather to drink their morning Coffee, and maybe I could inspire someone to make a better Timer.

    I want a Stopwatch Clock that fills up the entire Desk Top! Works on XP, NOT MOBILE!!! AND is Completely VERSITALE! I mean I want to be able to change every Color in the thing, I want to be able to Change the Fonts, I want the Option to Resize the thing any size I want, I want the Option to Italisize if I want, I want Neon LED Colors, I want Metalic Borders, in several different Shades Bronze, Silver, Black Stainless, Brushed Stainless, get the Idea?

    It would be cool if it had several Function Options as well, like with the Click of a Button it would change the Display to a Row of 4 World Clocks (Digital NOT Analog Style).
    Count Up and Count Down Options. Maybe with a Seconds display option on or off. And maybe even an Alarm Preset Timer Option on it. And Maybe a Regular Clock Mode. Or maybe the Option to Split the Display into Two Timers (Like for Chess).

    See there is a Helll of a lot of work that someone could be doing here. I searched Cnet, Zdnet, and Broad Web Searches using search Engines, why can't I find anything like this?
    Are these Concepts Rocket Science here? I don't think so.

    Someone who is really Sharp with Programming could probably knock this one out in a weekend. Let me know when you get it done okay?

    the_webninja@yahoo.com
    the_webninja@...
    • In the meantime...

      "Webninja", you probably should be aware that the Flash file you liked is dead easy to download. (and these instructions are for Firefox) All you have to do is hack the filename off the end of the URL you provided. That is, go to http://csmith.info/clocks/stopwatch/

      Then, right-click on the "fullscreen" link under the picture of your clock and select "Save Link As..."

      Once it's saved to your desktop, right-click on the .swf file and click "Open With" and choose Firefox. Simple, simple, simple.

      That brings up the secondary topic... the [i]reason[/i] these things typically come from beginning programmers is because they're dead easy. It's a nice little way to get your feet wet, especially in object-oriented programming, since it visually illustrates a program driven by events. Matter of fact, you yourself could probably do it in your first weekend with a compiler. Let us know when you get it done, okay?
      dave.leigh@...
      • btw

        the second clock on that page (http://csmith.info/clocks/stopwatch/) looks to be a very nifty learning tool I have some nieces that could use it. Thanks for the heads-up.
        dave.leigh@...