We're privy to a special IDF this year, it's the 10 year anniversary of the conference and Intel is understandably excited. The show started off with Intel's President and CEO, Paul Otellini giving us a broad update on the company and its roadmap.

45nm: The Enabler

Otellini confirmed what we already know, that Intel's 45nm process will be the enabler to bring us technologies such as integrated graphics on CPUs (similar to AMD's Fusion strategy), octo-core CPUs, system on a chip designs and a highly parallel x86 design that we've come to know as Larrabee.

Intel's integrated graphics on 45nm announcement isn't anything new, Intel originally told us that certain versions of Nehalem would be available with integrated graphics and we expect to see that

Silverthorne is Intel's very simple x86 system-on-a-chip design, which will hopefully make its way into everything from smart phones to digital TVs. UMPCs may also use Silverthorne for particularly mobile form factors, hopefully fixing many of the problems with today's UMPCs.

32nm on track for 2009

Intel confirmed that its manufacturing expertise is still strong and that it fully expects to introduce the first 32nm products in 2009, just two years from now.

As always, when you're bringing up a new process you want to try manufacturing simpler devices first and thus Intel showed off a SRAM wafer built on its 32nm process. Each die on the wafer had a 291Mbit SRAM composed of an incredible 1.9 billion transistors.

The Penryn Update

Penryn is coming, we've previewed it already and we should get more performance data at the show. The official launch date is November 12th, and Penryn is the first of 20 microprocessors being developed on 45nm. The introduction in November will be for servers and high end desktops, followed by a mainstream release in Q1 2008.

Intel also confirmed that its 45nm processors and the 65nm chipsets that support them will be Halogen free as well as Lead free.

Nehalem: Single die, 8-cores, 731M transistors, 16 threads, memory controller, graphics, amazing.
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  • strikeback03 - Thursday, September 20, 2007 - link

    Which temperature units is that "160 below 0" in?
  • amdsupport - Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - link


    Intel didn't have much to say about the architecture other than it was called Kenmore and we'd see it in 2008 in the Consumer Electronics market.

    Did Sears/Kmart design part of the chip also? :p
    seems like intel could come up with a more creative name than that.

    I'm kinda curious though what consumer electronics will end up with some form of this.
  • cheburashka - Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - link

    The believe the codename is actually Canemore.
  • AmberClad - Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - link

    I did a double take when I saw that too. I couldn't believe the PR people let that one through. This is what happens when you randomly pick the name of a city, without considering the alternate connotations of that name.
  • strikeback03 - Thursday, September 20, 2007 - link

    I was wondering if it was intended as a joke that an architecture designed for the CE market is given the same name as a CE company.
  • JarredWalton - Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - link

    Code names are not product names. They could call something "AMD- Thunderbird" internally if they wanted; it's only the final product names that really matter in terms of trademarks.
  • bespoke - Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - link

    In the mid nineties, Apple got in trouble for a product with a code name of "Sagan". Carl Sagan's lawyers made a stink about Apple's use of his name, even thought it was an internal code name. Apple engineers changed the code name to "BHA", which was understood to mean "butt-head astronomer". Sagan sued for libel after that. :)
  • archcommus - Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - link

    Looks like current trends will continue for the near future. Both AMD and Intel are heading in similar directions: new architecture on 65 nm, same architecture on 45 nm, and then a brand new architecture that is highly parallel and a large divergence from CPU designs of today. And, just like today, it appears Intel will get to that new architecture at least a half year if not a full year ahead of AMD. Glad to see things accelerating so quickly in the CPU market, as long as AMD DOES keep catching up we should be okay!

    Question: Does having a FSB implementation versus an on-die memory controller have any tangible advantage or disadvantage to the end user besides the impact on memory performance? Which types of applications see this impact the most? It's surprising that I've owned an Athlon 64 for over two years now, and if I upgraded any time before next summer, I'd STILL be going "backwards" regarding that. Wonder why Intel stuck with it for so long.
  • Lord Banshee - Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - link

    I would say you will not see a difference in Mem Performance going from A64->Core2Duo. But if intel does do the IMC then it might allow them to have smaller caches with less performance hit then makes their CPUs cheaper or have more room for other random logic.
  • Shadowmage - Tuesday, September 18, 2007 - link

    Nehalem is definitely NOT 8 cores on a single die. Nehalem is 4 cores on a single die, with possibility for MCP solutions (8 cores on 2 dies).

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