It’s official, Core i5 Lynnfield processors are so last week, and the next hottest product to get excited about is ready to enter production. Intel claims to be at “production readiness” with their 32nm next-gen chips, which could mean seeing mainstream processors out as early as the start of the new year. The company released the following statement about the advanced technologies, and the roadmap for the CPU release and replacements.
“Building upon the tremendous success of the 45nm process technology with high-k + metal gate transistors, Intel is nearing the ramp of 32nm process technology with second generation high-k + metal gate transistors. This new process technology will be used to manufacture the 32nm Westmere version of the Intel® microarchitecture codename Nehalem. Westmere based products are planned across segments: mobile, desktop, and server. Intel is the first company to demonstrate working 32nm processors and is on track with their cadence of new product innovation – known as the „Tick-Tock‟ model – that delivers new generations of advanced process technology and processor microarchitecture on an alternating 2 year cadence.
Intel processors based on Westmere will ramp into mobile, desktop, and server segments over time, as the 32nm process ramps. On the client roadmap, 45nm Intel® Core™ i7 processors and Intel® Core™ i7 Extreme processors with four cores supporting eight software threads will be followed by 32nm versions codename Gulftown to meet the needs of the high end desktop computing segment. For the performance and mainstream desktop segments, 45nm processors codename Lynnfield (4 cores with 8 threads) will be augmented by 32nm processors codename Clarkdale (2C/4T), with the Clarkdale processors including integrated graphics capability. For mobile computing, the Mobile Extreme Segment will remain on the 45nm process technology with processors codename Clarksfield (4 cores/8 threads) with the performance and mainstream segments transitioning to 32nm processors codename Arrandale (2 cores/4 threads) that are targeting production in Q4‟09.
We have plans to transition to 32nm process technology in all of the key Intel® Xeon® server segments. The „Entry‟ segment will support Clarkdale processors coincident with release in desktop. The „Efficient Performance‟ segment (Intel® Xeon® processor 5000 sequence) moves from 45nm Nehalem-EP to a 32nm Westmere-based processor in the future. The „Expandable‟ segment (Intel® Xeon® processor 7000 sequence) will also transition from 45nm Nehalem-EX to a 32nm Westmere-based version in the future.” – Source: Intel