by Anton Shilov
05/11/2006 | 11:41 PM
Even though Intel is very bullish with revenue shipments of quad-core processors in late 2006 and their introduction in early 2007 for both servers and desktops, the company’s mainstream product line will still utilize dual-core processors. Apparently, the mobile and desktop chips that should come in early 2008 will have two processing engines.
Intel’s code-named Penryn and Wolfdale processors, which are to be manufactured using 45nm process technology, due to arrive in early 2008 will be incarnations or Merom and
Penryn will be a 45nm derivative of the Merom, whereas Wolfdale will be 45nm incarnation of
An Intel spokesperson reportedly confirmed that the Penryn and Wolfdale code-names symbolize projects that are under development, but declined to mention the details of the products other than to note that they are subject to change.
Also in 2008 Intel Corp. is set to introduce the successor of the Core and Core 2 micro-architecture along with the new processor code-named Nehalem, which should deliver architectural advantages in performance, power consumption and so on. Currently it is unclear whether Nehalem processors will have two, four or more cores. Nehalem processor will be built using 45nm production technology.
Intel Corp., the world’s largest chipmaker, for years introduced new processor micro-architectures on proven process technologies and then delivered their “shrunk” versions using thinner fabrications processes. Intel Corp. will continue to follow that strategy, however, it recently announced that micro-architectural shifts are going to happen much more frequently – every two years – compared to earlier 5-year micro-architecture cycle.