Nehalem gets a name - Core i7

Nehalem gets a name - Core i7

Summary: Intel has branded the first of its next-generation desktop processor, previously codenamed "Nehalem", the Core i7.


Intel has branded the first of its next-generation desktop processor, previously codenamed "Nehalem", the Core i7.

Core i7

The full name of the new processors will be "Intel® Core™ i7 processor,"  but for simplicity I'll call then the i7's.

The i7 is the first Intel processor to put all four cores on the same piece of silicon, something that AMD is already doing with the Phenom and Opteron processors.

There will be two flavors of the i7 - the standard, represented by the blue logo, an a higher-end part called the Extreme Edition, which will have the black logo. Processor model numbers to differentiate the chips from each other.

So, what's the deal with the name? Well, there's no official word on that from Intel yet but from my memory it does seem that this is the seventh generation part:

  1. Pentium
  2. Pentium II
  3. Pentium III
  4. Pentium IV
  5. Core
  6. Core 2
  7. i7

Either way, the name i7 is short and catchy, though it does feel a little Appleish ... iPhone, iMac, iPod ... i7. Hmmm ...

The i7's are expected to go into production during Q4 of this year. Further versions are expected later, such as a server version, a mobile part and processors which have an integrated graphics processor.

For those who want a taste of things to come, MaximumPC take a look at a 2.93GHz Bloomfield part (LGA1366 as opposed to LGA775 we've come to expect for an Intel desktop CPU).

No price details have been released.

Topics: Hardware, Intel, Processors

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  • Intel bugs everywhere. I wouldn't own...

    an Intel chip.
  • RE: Nehalem gets a name - Core i7

    Quick of you Adrian to see the Apple like now iSee.This looks like the continuation off their successful range,
  • RE: Nehalem gets a name - Core i7

    Your sequence makes little sense. The product line
    properly starts with the 8088/8086/80186 (which are of
    the same generation.) From there, it goes 80286, 80386,
    80486, 80586 ("Pentium"), then Pentium Pro (or "P6"),
    including Pentium II and Pentium III. Ostensibly, Pentium
    IV/NetBurst would be "P7." The 32bit Pentium M and Core
    processors were part of the P6 family. Core 2 represents
    the eight generation, and Nehalem is the nineth.

    Sorry that you've bought into Intel marketing.
    • but Pentium is different from x86! ;)

      ahh, but you're mentioning the x86 processor. The i7 is the 7th generation Pentium processor!

      Believe it or not these tiny, artificial delineations actually mean as much if not more to people in marketing than what they eat for breakfast :)
  • First Core i7s going to Apple maybe?

    Pricing could keep Nehalem chips out of reach for most enthusiasts as well as commodity PC builders. Could it be that there will be a marketing campaign in conjunction with Apple, thus the new "i7" designation? Imagine Vista users frustrated at not being able to lay their hands on a box using these chips unless they're willing to pay a premium for them.

    The last PowerPC chip in Apple computers was the G5. Then came the Core2 Duo. Now comes i7.

    You tell me.
    • Don't think so...

      Last I heard Apple was going to stop using Intel chipsets; that could very well be a rumour though. It could be that companies like Psystar ( are pushing Mac back to their proprietary chips so that only Mac machines will be able to run a Mac OS.

      It's probably just Intel's marketing team saying lets jump on the band-wagon.
    • dont you mean

      Dont you mean G5, Core solo/Core duo, then Core 2 duo.
  • Waiting it out...

    I'll be sure to wait for the release, and then buy a quad core. I highly doubt I'll need that much power at my finger tips, although it's incredibly tempting. :)

    To me it seems that very few applications are actually limited by the CPU, and rather the GPU. I'll just wait until the current Quad Cores come to a bottle neck point before jumping on this band-wagon.

    So let's say at least 2 years down the road, and I'm sure they'll be some tasty processors in 2010-2011 for much better prices. :)
  • ummm . . .

    "The i7 is the first Intel processor to put all four cores on the same piece of silicon, something that AMD is already doing with the Phenom and Opteron processors."

    So it's still four cores?

    Whatever happened to becoming massively parallel being the future?

    Shouldn't it have something like six or eight cores now?

    I hate to say this, but it looks like Moore's law is starting to look more like Moore's fad now. I don't really care much whether they're on the same piece of silicon or not; that may give a speed boost, but far from anything that could sustain Moore's law.

    Personally, I suspect this exponential looking graph may start looking like a logarithmic one and start leveling out.