Monday sees the launch of Intel’s 45nm Penryn processor family, including a first Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor. According to Intel, back in its IDF Fall 2007, the Core 2 Extreme QX9650 will feature a massive 12MB of L2 Cache, and run at a frequency of 3GHz. It will be Intel’s new big beast of the jungle.
Penryn cores will eventually also feature in the next-gen Centrino notebook platform, codenamed Montevina and due out in 2008. Advantages proclaimed by Intel include a decrease from 35W to 25W for thermal design power, compared to the Santa Rosa mobile platform, and up to a 40% decrease in the size of accompanying motherboards. Indeed, as we recently reported – Intel goes green with Arizona Fab32 for 45nm ‘Penryn’ chips – Intel officially began mass production of 45nm Penryn chips back in October, at its Fab 32 in Arizona. The significance of Penryn for Intel? The unification of its parts for mobiles and desktops – with a core design emphasising both power and energy efficiency. As Paul Otellini, Intel president and CEO put it, emphasising the competitive advantages of 45nm: “The magic of 45nm and our new transistor design allow us to deliver high-performance, energy-efficient processors to our customers across the entire spectrum of market segments, from the most powerful servers to a variety of mobile devices and everything in between.” As well as Fab 32, Intel will have further 45nm process capabilities, with two 300mm wafer manufacturing factories scheduled to open next year: in Kiryat Gat in Israel (Fab 28) and Rio Rancho in New Mexico. See also: Electronics Weekly’s focus on microprocessors, a roundup of content related to x86 microprocessor technologies and developments.