Wednesday, 11 February 2009 11:31

Intel unveils working 32nm processors, production in Q4 2009

Intel has demonstrated a working 32nm-based microprocessor which will be used in mobile and desktop systems slated for production in the fourth quarter of 2009. The new Westmere processors will include a 6-core, 12 thread range code-named Gulftown and promises increased performance over the current Core 2 models.

Westmere is the name given to 32nm processor versions of the 45nm Intel Nehalem microprocessor architecture.
Westmere-based processors promise increased performance (compared to the 45nm Intel Core microarchitecture family), smaller processor core size, as well as the introduction of a multi-chip package with graphics integrated in the processor.

Westmere based clients will have the integrated graphics and the memory controller residing in the processor in a multi-chip package. The graphics and the memory controller will be a 45nm chip in a package with the 32nm processor core die. The second chip will comprise the manageability engine for Intel vPro, the I/O controller, and the display capabilities.

The Westmere processors will
also feature new instructions for accelerating encryption and decryption algorithms.

The first products based on Westmere will launch in the client segment and will include the Clarkdale (desktop) and Arrandale (mobile) 2 core / 4 thread products. Server products will follow.
At a media briefing in Washington, DC, Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini revealed that Intel is making US$7 billion investment to support upgrades to advanced manufacturing facilities in the US and the move to 32nm chip manufacturing technology.

Intel will be bringing four fabs online over the next two years to transition the processor lineup to 32nm. D1D in Oregon is currently in operation and D1C in Oregon will come online in Q4 of 2009 to meet demand for 32nm products. In 2010 Intel will add two addition manufacturing facilities to the mix: Fab 32 in Arizona and Fab 11X in New Mexico.


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Stan Beer


Stan Beer co-founded iTWire in 2005. With 30 plus years of experience working in IT and Australian technology media, Beer has published articles in most of the IT publications that have mattered, including the AFR, The Australian, SMH, The Age, as well as a multitude of trade publications.



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