Intel On Track To Deliver Penryn, Nehalem

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Today at the Intel Developer Forum, Intel CEO Paul Otellini affirmed that Intel's Penryn and Nehalem family of processors are on track for their releases this year and next year, respectively.

"We expect our Penryn processors to provide up to a 20 percent performance increase while improving energy efficiency," said Otellini. "Intel's breakthrough 45nm silicon process technology allows us to provide low-cost, extremely low-power processors for innovative small form factor devices while delivering high-performance, multi-core, multi-featured processors used in the most advanced systems."
Penryn will start shipping in November of this year, and it is expected that Apple will use the variants in its products.

Meanwhile, Otellini also previewed Intel's upcoming new Nehalem architecture.

"Nehalem is an entirely new architecture that leverages Intel's Core Microarchitecture, bringing leading-edge performance advantages, power efficiency and important new server features to market just a year after Intel leads the industry to 45nm technology," said Otellini.
One of Nehalem's advancements will be the use of the QuickPath Interconnect system architecture, which includes an integrated memory controller and improved communication links between system components to significantly improve overall system performance. An advanced version of hyperthreading will also make a comeback in Nehalem.

While Nehalem will begin on 45nm technology in late-summer 2008, Intel plans to quickly move to 32nm production in 2009. DailyTech notes that Mac OS X successfully boots on Nehalem.

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fanbrain

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I can't wait to see what these are going in. I'm in the market for a dual 2.0 G5. New machines can't come sooner!
 

Clive At Five

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32nm is pretty amazing. Think about it... it's less than a tenth of the length of the shortest wavelength of visible light... So basically, humans are producing objects well beyond our ability of sight.

Someone should take an electron microscope to these 32nm grooves... I'd like to see them close-up.

-Clive
 
I'm hoping they've learned their P4 lesson and got it right this time.

Arguably, the Centrino and Core Duo/Core2Duo CPUs have been truly excellent architectures, so clearly someone at Intel is getting it right. I just hope the new ones are being architected by the same crew.

Time will tell; it always does. -- The Seventh Doctor
 

Eidorian

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Centrino = Core 2 Duo (Merom) + GM/PM965 + Intel Wireless

Hopefully hyperthreading is a bit more intelligent this time around.
 

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Meanwhile AMD improves the mainstream segment by announcing tri-core processors.
 
Centrino is nothing more than a marketing scheme. It just means intel stuff inside a laptop.
Yes, I understand that. I was simply being general in that statement, since there are also various revisions in play on that platform, and I wasn't trying to get dragged down into pointless detail.

Nevertheless, I'm still hoping for the best.

And as far as AMD goes, well... they backed a losing horse in their processor road map, and Intel skunked them. It's too bad, really, but while AMD may be down, they're certainly not out, which is a good thing because it promotes competition, and that's a healthy thing for the x86-using Mac platform out there.
 

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I'm getting excited...its not like I'm going to buy a desktop, but trying new computers in the Apple Store is just my cup of tea :)
 

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But now AMD is not against MCM anymore and is ready for octo-core Montreal in 2008, based on Shanghai.
 

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32nm is pretty amazing. Think about it... it's less than a tenth of the length of the shortest wavelength of visible light... So basically, humans are producing objects well beyond our ability of sight.

Someone should take an electron microscope to these 32nm grooves... I'd like to see them close-up.

-Clive
That is indeed very impressive, and I would love to see one of these through an electron microscope, marvels of technology.:apple:
 

smivvy

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So...

Do I wait for these new processors or do I buy my new mac pro now?

Bearing in mind my current 4yr old G4 has died a sudden death! :(
 

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Damn, so now my Mac Pro 2.66 will be even MORE obsolete lol...

Sucks I couldn't just drop one of those new chipsets into my Mac Pro like the quad core processors and get an upgrade. Pretty cool stuff, just hoping Intel makes actual use of hyperthreading. I remember when I had a P4 3.0 GHrtz Intel Hyper-thread chip and I thought it was the coolest thing lol. The power of marketing...
 
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