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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  • pugster - Monday, March 24, 2008 - link

    Intel core2duo is probably good for business, but the OS doesn't need need anything more than 2 cores running at an average of 2ghz. I know that there are people out there who wants the latest and greatest for games, but more and more people rather buy in a game console like the ps2 rather than putting money down for an geforce 9800. It seems that the only way for Intel to make money making new products like the silverthorne or going back on the flash memory race.
  • PlasmaBomb - Thursday, March 20, 2008 - link

    Since it is based on penryn isn't 16 MB of cache an odd number? Should that not be 18 MB? (i.e. 3 x dual cores at 6 MB each)
  • IntelUser2000 - Sunday, March 23, 2008 - link

    Plasmabomb, Penryn has 6MB L2, not L3. Dunnington has 16MB L3 in addition to the whatever L2 it will have, please read!
  • perzy - Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - link

    Larrabee, thats good news. Finally some competition in the graphics department!
    Let's face it, right now you can get 2 xbox 360's and an ipod for the price of one fast graphics card...that can't be right.

  • AcaClone - Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - link

    What can I say ...
  • AcaClone - Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - link

    On second thought - I guess that it is possible that the demo software is indeed multithreaded, but that only one thread is running when left idle??
  • ajg - Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - link

    The slide showing Intel: The architeturr for life is a page lifted from AMDs slide "Diversifying Platform Design Tracks"

    link below">;slide...

    The CPU architecture is no different. I guess can't make expect an old dog to come up with new tricks?
  • clnee55 - Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - link

    Yes, AMD said it but couldn't do it. Easily said than done
  • micha90210 - Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - link

    Is that possible? There's a limit in XP to 3.25GB of ram. XP can't handle 16GB... is that picture real?
  • oldhoss - Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - link

    I'd venture to guess either XP Pro x64, or Windows 2003 Server.

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