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In spite of the previous reports, Intel will commercially launch its code-named Clarkdale processors for desktops in the first quarter of 2010, according to the original schedule, but not ahead of it, according to Intel’s plans seen by X-bit labs. Details of the new Clarkdale microprocessors are now also more or less clear: the chips will work at up to 3.46GHz, will sport Hyper-Threading technology and will consume just about 73W.

Just as announced originally, Intel will start shipping its first 32nm dual-core microprocessors with 4MB of cache, Hyper-Threading, dual-channel DDR3 memory controllers and integrated graphics cores code-named Clarkdale for mainstream desktop computers late in 2009. Since Clarkdale central processing units (CPUs) has integrated memory controller, graphics core as well as PCI Express interconnection inside, there will be no need for GMCH (or North Bridge) on the mainboard. Instead, the new processors will connect directly to Intel 5-series core-logic (code-named Ibexpeak platform) controller hub (PCH) that will carry hard drive controller, wired and wireless network controllers, monitor physical interfaces, PCI controller and other input/output as well as platform-related capabilities.

The code-named dual-core Clarkdale processors will be sold under different brands and will support different features:

  • Intel Core i5: 3.46GHz, 3.33GHz, 3.20GHz, 4MB of cache, Hyper-Threading technology. The chips will be priced at $284, $196 and $176 in business quantities, depending on the frequency.
  • Intel Core i3: 3.06GHz, 2.93GHz, 4MB of cache, Hyper-Threading technology. The chips will be priced at $143 and $123 in business quantities, depending on the frequency.
  • Intel Pentium: 2.80GHz, 3MB of cache, no Hyper-Threading. The chip will be priced at $87.

Clarkdale is based on the code-named Westmere micro-architecture, which means it has integrated memory controller as well as graphics engine. Therefore, 73W thermal design power of the chip will allow system makers to create even more energy efficient systems that exist today, all thanks to 32nm fabrication process.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Intel, Clarkdale, Westmere, 32nm

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