So, how are those new 45 nm chips working out? Pretty cool, huh?
What? You don't even have them yet? Well, no matter because Intel is already blowing past 45 nm and gearing up for the launch of 32 nm chips later this year. The company announced this week that it is taking advantage of the economic downturn to ramp up production in order to have the chips in place for when the economy turns around in the next two years or so.
Initial plans are for a pair of 32 nm dual cores by this fall. The Clarkdale and Arrandale designs offer two threads per core and will use roughly the same Nehelem design as the 45 nm devices to provide a memory controller and integrated graphics.
Then in 2010, Intel is planning a six-core 32 nm chip called Gulftown aimed at top-end machines. The unit will be based on the X58 Express chipset.
Also on tap is a server version of the Clarkdale device, starting with a one-socket version and followed up by two- and four-socket designs.