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Otellini showed the industry's first working chips built using 32 nanometer (nm) technology, with transistors so small that more than 4 million of them could fit on the period at the end of this sentence. Intel's 32nm process technology is on track to begin production in 2009.
The industry's first 45nm processors will be available from Intel in November. The company also demonstrated for the first time the next-generation chip architecture codenamed Nehalem, due out next year.
"We expect our Penryn processors to provide up to a 20 percent performance increase while improving energy efficiency," said Otellini.
Looking to 2008, Otellini made the first public demonstration of Intel's Nehalem processor and said the company is on track to deliver the new processor design in the second half of the year.
AMD's Barcelona ramp was a non-event and Intel is already at 45nm. the long-awaited move to an integrated mem controller should stretch out Intel's performance lead even further. this does not bode well for future competition.
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this does not bode well for future competition.
meaning higher prices...
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Looking at the power efficiency
data for the Penyrn quad cores in conjunction with the power data
for FB-DIMMs v Registered RAM made me realise that AMDâ€™s power advantage in the server sector is very fragile. Itâ€™s based on Intelâ€™s decision to use FB-DIMMs rather than anything AMD did itself. Now that Intel has both eyes open it concerns me that AMD may not have anything to compete with Nehalem. Although they do have the opportunity to make an octo-core MCM Server CPU before Intel does provided their 45nm process is mature and delivered in a timely fashion.
I donâ€™t remember the stakes seeming so high before between Intel and AMD!