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Old December 20, 2007, 09:08 PM
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Darn and I was waiting for the new processors so I could buy one well I guess I could buy a good vid card in the mean time.

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Intel Corp. may postpone the actual release of its quad-core microprocessors produced using 45nm process technology due to an undisclosed defect and the fact that both Intel and its partners have a lot of central processing units (CPUs) with four processing engines made using 65nm tech in stock. It is unclear whether the delay will affect the world’s largest x86 chipmaker financially.

Initially Intel planned to roll-out its code-named Wolfdale and Yorkfield microprocessors that are projected to be marketed under Intel Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Extreme brand-names on the 10th of January, 2008. But the plans have changed and, according to a news-story at HKEPC web-site, Intel will only be able to release dual-core Intel Core 2 Duo 8000-series (Wolfdale) processors in February, while Intel Core 2 Quad 9000-series (Yorkfield) will only see the light of the day in February or March.
The media report claims that Intel has discovered a “slight processor system bus defect” in its quad-core processors code-named Yorkfield. In addition, there are Intel Core 2 Quad 6000-series processors made at 65nm process technology, which are still unbeatable by AMD Phenom rivals with four processing engines. In fact, the release of the Intel Core Q9000-series chips would negatively affect sales of already available quad-core products.
Currently Intel commercially ships a family of processors made using 45nm process technology, which includes its Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9650 processor for high-end desktops and workstations as well as a lineup of various Intel Xeon processors with two or four processing engines for dual-pcoressor workstations.
Each of Intel’s dual-core central processing units made using 45nm process technology have 410 million transistors, up significantly from 291 million of current dual-core Conroe processors, however, thanks to 45nm process technology, the chips will have die size of 107 square millimeters, down about 25% from 155 square millimeters of the Conroe, which means significant cost reduction. Intel’s quad-core chips consist of two dual-core dice on a single piece of substrate.
Intel’s new CPUs produced using 45nm process technology have greater instructions per clock (IPC) execution, which means that they will be faster and more efficient even at the same clock-speeds with the current generation chips. Besides, the new chips should be able to run at higher clock-speeds compared to today’s Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad products.
The major micro-architectural improvements for new Intel Core 2 processors, besides SSE4 instruction set, include the so-called Unique Super Shuffle Engine and Radix 16 technique. The Super Shuffle Engine is a full-width, single-pass shuffle unit that is 128-bits wide, which can perform full-width shuffles in a single cycle. This significantly improves performance for SSE2, SSE3 and SSE4 instructions that have shuffle-like operations such as pack, unpack and wider packed shifts. This feature will increase performance for content creation, imaging, video and high-performance computing. Radix 16 technique, according to Intel, roughly doubles the divider speed over previous generations for computations used in nearly all applications. In addition, Intel also improved virtualization technology as well as added some features to dynamic acceleration technology, which is supposed to boost single-threaded applications’ performance on multi-core chips.
SourceX-bit labs - Intel Set to Postpone Introduction of New Quad-Core Microprocessors.
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Old December 20, 2007, 09:21 PM
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Oh but wait there is more news

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First make a note on 7 January that the chip giant will be formally unveiling its 45nm 'Penryn' mobile processors, part of what it calls the 'Santa Rosa Refresh' - an update to the latest generation of its laptop platform, more of which later.
The line-up comprises five models. The T8100 and T8300 are clocked at 2.1GHz and 2.3GHz, respectively, and contain 3MB of L2 cache shared by both cores. The T9300 and T9500 up the cache to 6MB. They run, respectively, at 2.5GHz and 2.6GHz.
All four chips have a thermal envelope of 35W, which matches current Core 2 Duo processors, allowing notebook makers to slot the new chips in without having to redesign the machines' thermal characteristics.
The fifth chip, the Core 2 Extreme X9000, consumes up to 44W when it's running at full, 2.8GHz pelt. It too has 6MB of L2 cache. They'll appear in notebooks branded 'Centrino' and 'Centrino vPro', the latter the successor to 2007's Centrino Pro brand.
Thirteen days later - unlucky for some? - the first Core 2 Duo 'Penryns', aka 'Wolfdale' will debut. The date 20 January will see the arrival of the Core 2 Duo E8300, E8400 and E8500, clocked at 2.83GHz, 3.0GHz and 3.16GHz, respectively, all with 6MB of L2 and a thermal envelope of 65W.
Coming 2008: Intel's 45nm 'Silverthorne'

Alongside these will be the E8190, a version of the also arriving E8200 that doesn't support virtualisation or Intel's Trusted Execution Technology. The part will run at 2.66GHz, contain 6MB of L2 cache and sit on a 1333MHz frontside bus (FSB). Like the similarly specced E8200, it will consume up to 65W of power.
Specific dates disappear from the list at this point, but we can pencil in February-March for the arrival of 45nm Core 2 Quad processors, aka 'Yorkfield'. Expect the 2.5GHz Q9300, the 2.66GHz Q9450 and the 2.83GHz Q9550, all with four cores and 1333MHz FSBs. The Q9300 will have 6MB of L2 cache; the Q9450 and Q9550, 12MB. All three consume up to 95W.
Missing from the latest Intel launch update summary is the Core 2 Duo E5000 series, low-end desktop chips that succeed today's E4000 line-up and which are expected to arrive in April. They're likely to contain just 3MB of L2 and operate on a 1066MHz FSB, putting them under the current 4MB L2, 65nm Core 2 Duo E6000 range.
Business-oriented desktops will feature the 'Core 2 vPro' logo, while mainstream models will ship under the 'Core 2 Viiv' brand, as per Intel's realignment of Viiv. So no more 'Duo' and 'Quad', as forecast, at least not at the system level.
Branding is less certain when it comes to Intel's Ultra Mobile Platform (UMP), launched in April 2007 and due for a major upgrade in the April-May 2008 timeframe. It's introducing 'Menlow' and its key component, the 45nm 'Silverthorne' CPU. Menlow will consume half the power of the current version of UMP and a quarter of what older, Celeron M-based UMPCs consume.



May 2008 is earmarked for the debut of the 'Eaglelake' chipset family, comprising the P45, G45 and G43 and possibly the X48, if - as claimed - Intel's put it back.
The P45, G45 and G43 are the numerical successors of the P35, G35 and G33 chipsets, but Intel sees the G45 fitting into to a broader range of desktop systems than the G35 did, and the G43 reaching down into more budget segments of the PC market.
The G45 and G54 on-board GPU will be capable of supporting DirectX 10 and Shader Model 4.0, along with OpenGL 2.0, it's said. Both will power Windows Vista Premium and MPEG 2 decoding. But while the G45's GPU can also do AC1 and H.264 decoding, the G43's can't. They'll both support HDMI outputs - HDCP support is built in too - in addition to DVI. All three chipsets will be fabbed at 65nm and will incorporate the upcoming ICH10 southbridge I/O chip, which isn't a part of X48.
The P45 is expected to support AMD's CrossFire X multi-GPU technology.
intel's 'Nehalem': due Q4 2008 as 'Bloomfield'

May will also play host to 'Montevina', the next generation of Centrino and Centrino vPro. Montevina will feature the 'Cantiga' chipset, with an updated LAN chip, 'Boaz', and 'Echo Peak' and 'Shiloh' providing wireless connectivity. Echo Peak combines Wi-Fi and WiMAX. Curiously, he didn't mention 'Dana Point', Intel's planned WiMAX-only module for notebooks. Shiloh, by the way, is an 802.11n-only module.
Cantiga ups the frontside bus (FSB) speed to 1,6066MHz and looks set to support 800MHz DDR 3 in preference to the less power-efficient 800MHz DDR 2. The chipset family will include an integrated GMA 3500 GPU.
Montevina will coincide with the introduction of 25W mobile Core 2 processors tuned to the platform's faster-than-present FSB. Come August, we'll see further mobile Core 2 processors: the first quad-core laptop chips. The 45nm, 840m-transistor chips will contain 12MB of L2 with each core pair sharing 6MB, they'll run on a 1066MHz frontside bus and consume up to 45W of power.

The same timeframe will see the arrival of 'McCreary' - essentially the addition of vPro technology to the Eaglelake chipset family.
Which just leaves us with the Q4 2008 introduction of the first 'Nehalem' processors, specifically 'Bloomfield', the basis for future Extreme chips for single-processor boxes and four-core Core x CPUs. It'll contain 8MB of L2, the new QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) bus and the ability to host three channels of DDR 3 memory.
Bloomfield will connect to 'Tylersburg', a chip that links the CPU's memory controller to PCI Express 2.0 slots and to the host system's southbridge I/O chip.
Intel gears up for for 45nm frenzy in 2008 | Reg Hardware
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Old December 20, 2007, 09:27 PM
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AMD catches a desperately need break ...

Normally, I wouldn't be happy that a new CPU was delayed, but w/ AMD down on the ground w/ broken-ribs, crippled-joints, and a severe concussion, I'm somewhat relieved that Intel is going to have to take a breather ...
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thats intel alright, just waiting for AMD to give it their all then strike him down at his peak of his glory.
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why do i enivision amd [mr.t]on the ground with intel [rocky] jumping up and down screaming penryn.. [adrian].... and amd [mr.t] twitching helplessly on the floor
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"Intel Corp. may postpone the actual release....." NOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooo!!!!!
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Seems strange the 45nm extreme quad chips don't have any problems when these do?

Anyway given the lack of competition I guess Intel wants to milk the 65nm quads a bit more before making them obsolete.

Heres to slowing down progress-"raise glass"

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For too long AMD was shoving the superiority of the Athlon XP in the face of the P4. You can only provoke a big dog so much before it gets up and bites your ass, and well, AMD got mauled.

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hahah
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Oh AMD how you were so pretty now Intel is gonna re-arrange you like Batman did with the Joker.
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