Intel to skip 45nm Havendale and go directly to 32nm Clarkdale

Smaller, smaller, smaller!That seems to be the vibe over at Intel, which recently decided to skip production of 45-nanometer Havendale CPUs and will go directly to 32nm Clarkdale because development for the chips is going smoothly, according to sources at motherboard makers in a DigiTimes report.

Smaller, smaller, smaller!

That seems to be the vibe over at Intel, which recently decided to skip production of 45-nanometer Havendale CPUs and will go directly to 32nm Clarkdale because development for the chips is going smoothly, according to sources at motherboard makers in a DigiTimes report.

The company has reportedly canceled mass production plans for 45nm Havendale CPUs, which were originally scheduled for the end of the year, and will announce the 32nm Clarkdale CPU in Q1 2010. The chips will target entry-level to mainstream markets with prices from $60 to $190, according to the report.

[Intel: Introduction to 32nm Process Technology (.pdf)]

Good thing, too: Toshiba recently announced that it plans to skip 32nm production and instead mass produce 28nm system chips in the next business year.

[CNET News: Intel expanding beyond its core]

The company also recently notified its partners plans to end-of-life, or EOL, several CPUs in the second half of 2009 and first quarter of 2010, including the Core 2 Extreme QX9775, Core i7 940 and several Core 2 Quad, Pentium and Celeron CPUs, according to the sources.

Product discontinuance notices will be issued as follows: June Core i7 940 (EOL in Q3) Core 2 Extreme QX9775 (EOL in Q3)

Q4 2009 Core 2 Quad Q9400, Q9400S (EOL in 2010)

2010 Core 2 Quad Q8200, Q8200S

More facts n' figures:

  • Core 2 Quad Q9505S CPU launch TBD, designed for all-in-one PCs.
  • Pentium E2220 and E2200 will be issued EOL in Q3 and Q4 2009, respectively. They will be replaced by the Pentium E6000 series.
  • Celeron E1600 and E1500 will receive PDN in Q4; E1400 in Q3. They will be replaced by the Celeron E3000 series in Q3 2009.
  • Atom 330 and 220 will receive PDN in April 2010.