Q&A: Intel’s processor architecture has a lot of life left, Rattner says.
Although Intel will launch its 45-nanometer Penryn processor on Nov. 12, most of the talk of the 2007 Intel Developer Forum here Sept. 18-20 focused on the company’s new microarchitecture called Nehalem, which is due in 2008. Justin Rattner, the Santa Clara, Calif., company’s chief technology officer and an Intel senior fellow, talked with eWEEK Staff Writer Scott Ferguson about Nehalem and the company’s road map.
Intel’s 45-nanometer Penryn family of processors is due out in November, but much of the talk at this year’s IDF focused on Nehalem. What can you tell us about the new architecture and what it means for Intel?
Nehalem is a significant evolution in our multicore strategy. We moved to a much more flexible and versatile underlying architecture, and that will let us offer Nehalem technology in a variety of different arrangements.
I think [Intel CEO] Paul [Otellini] alluded to that in his address. It will have one core to eight cores, and we never had that kind of flexibility, which means that developers and users will have access to the Nehalem technology up and down the product line in ways that we haven’t been able to do in the past.
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