Intel Talks About 45nm Penryn & Nehalem

Intel 45-nm Penryn family of processors would be in production during the second half of 2007. Intel claims to have more than 15 45-nm hi-k product designs in various stages of development. 45-nm is “far from” a simple shrink of a 65-nm device. Intel’s 45-nm high-k process technology offers approximately twice the transistor budget, 20 percent faster transistor switching speed and lower leakage current when compared with the company’s 65-nm technology. Nehalem’s scalable architecture provides for between one and 16 or more threads utilizing one to eight or more cores. Nehalem processors already in design have eight cores and 16 threads. Some Nehalem processors are likely to have more cores. Nehalem’s architecture provides for simultaneous multi-threading, multi-level shared cache.


Intel 45-nm Penryn family of processors would be in production during the second half of 2007. Intel claims to have more than 15 45-nm hi-k product designs in various stages of development. 45-nm is “far from” a simple shrink of a 65-nm device. Intel’s 45-nm high-k process technology offers approximately twice the transistor budget, 20 percent faster transistor switching speed and lower leakage current when compared with the company’s 65-nm technology. Nehalem’s scalable architecture provides for between one and 16 or more threads utilizing one to eight or more cores. Nehalem processors already in design have eight cores and 16 threads. Some Nehalem processors are likely to have more cores. Nehalem’s architecture provides for simultaneous multi-threading, multi-level shared cache.

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