Intel's family planning

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Intel’s press release has a lot of glossy facts about their upcoming Penryn and Nehalem architectures. You might be interested in a read if you’re chip-inclined.

Penryn is the forthcoming family using 45nm and the new “hi-k” gates that all the kids are talking about (we talked about it too: here, here, here, and a couple other places I’m too lazy to paste in).

Six Penryn family processors, including dual and quad-core desktop processors and a dual core mobile processor are all under the Intel Core processor brand name as well as new dual and quad-core server processors under the Intel® Xeon® processor brand name. A processor for higher-end server multiprocessing systems is also under development. As previously noted, Intel already has a total of 15 45nm products scheduled.

And Nehalem is set for production in 2008 with features like

  • 1 to 16+ threads, 1 to 8+ cores, scalable cache sizes
  • Scalable and configurable system interconnects and integrated memory controllers
  • 4 instruction issue Intel Core microarchitecture technology
    Simultaneous multi-threading

The release has links to more details.

“Penryn?” The Wik says its a town in the UK with about 7,000 folks on the River Penryn. Fair enough.