Intel Corp. this week announced that it had started production of its code-named Arrandale and Clarkdale processors using 32nm process technology. The new chips, which are based on the new Westmere micro-architecture, are the first central processing units in the world made using 32nm fabrication process and also the first microprocessors for desktops and laptops with integrated graphics core.
“Intel’s 32nm process is certified and Westmere CPU wafers are moving through the factory in support of planned Q4 revenue production,” a statement by Intel reads.
At present Intel plans to unveil its Arrandale and Clarkdale processors sometimes between the 2nd of January and the 6th of February, 2010, according to sources with knowledge of the matter. Considering the fact that Intel’s chief executive officer Paul Otellini will hold a keynote at the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show, it is highly likely that Intel will disclose details regarding its chips that feature integrated graphics cores, whereas its partners will demonstrate actual products powered by such chips at the show.
Intel Clarkdale are dual-core microprocessors based on Westmere micro-architecture with 4MB of cache, Hyper-Threading, dual-channel DDR3 memory controllers and integrated graphics cores. Arrandale are similar chips aimed at mobile computers. Both Arrandale and Clarkdale are essentially multi-chip modules featuring one dual-core processor made using 32nm fabrication process and graphics and other system logic core produced at 45nm node.
The desktop-oriented Clarkdale chips, which will be sold under Core i5, Core i3 and Pentium brands, will work at up to 3.46GHz, will sport Hyper-Threading technology and will consume just about 73W, with the exception of Core i5 661, which will feature 900MHz graphics core and 87W thermal envelope. The chips will be compatible with LGA1156 infrastructure.
Consumer Electronics Show will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, from the 7th to the 10th of January, 2010.