Paul Otellini just showed off “the world’s first working 32nm device” – a wafer containing test memory circuits, 291 megabyte RAM chips with 2.9 billion transistor dies. (I think – will confirm those figures later). Expect 32 nm parts in 2009.
And Penryn, the 45nm processor, will be launched on November 12th, in server and high-end desktop parts. Then another fifteen to twenty products at the beginning of next year for mobile, etc. 750 design wins – wafers moving through the fab already.
What’s next? Nehalem. New architecture on 45nm. Very dynamic design – very modular. Core, cache, IO and power envelopes can be changed much more easily to match developer needs. Will be able to configure real-time needs of the system as a developer, too, enabling and disabling threads, cores, power states and so on.
There’ll be an eight core product, each core with two threads: sixteen threads per device. On track for 2H08. The design is complete – it was finished a month ago (here, Otellini holds up a wafer)
Nehalem has a new interconnect memory controller called QuickPath, which has very low latency for memory, scaleable bandwidth, and symmetrical multithreading.
And it’s already booted OS X.
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Source:→ ZDNet UK