Intel also provided a small update on its 32nm processors, Westmere (a 32nm die shrink to Nehalem) and Sandy Bridge (32nm, brand new architecture):

Details on Westmere were light, but Intel did detail that they'd be introducing new vector instructions with the CPU:

The Intel Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX) will not be available in Westmere.  Instead, we will have to wait for Sandy Bridge which will offer support for 256-bit vector operations. Intel will detail the full instruction specs at its upcoming IDF in China.


Nehalem's New Cache Architecture A Little on Larrabee


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  • ocyl - Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - link

    It appears that Intel views this not necessarily from a perspective of technology / end product, but one of foundry. There is nothing wrong with it, however; it's just a bit odd at first and takes some time in getting used to. Reply
  • Che - Monday, March 17, 2008 - link

    Wow, 16 threads! Got to hand it to Intel, they are on top of their game for sure. Reply
  • Griswold - Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - link

    Now all we need is a (desktop) windows that can actually do something good with 8 logical (or more) cores. Reply

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