Intel Takes Wraps Off 45-nm Penryn

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Intel's first 45-nm next-generation Core 2 processor chips, code-named Penryn, have arrived, booted operating systems and run applications. Intel is also talking up its 45-nm manufacturing process. (ExtremeTech)

Intel unveiled details of its next-generation Core 2 processors, code-named Penryn, to the technology press on Jan. 25.

Just as AMD catches up with Intel by moving to a 65-nm process technology, Intel is poised to push ahead to 45 nm. According to Intel Vice President Steve Smith, Intel's new 45-nm CPUs are slated to begin production sometime in the second half of 2007.

The company is readying three 45-nm fabs by 2008: The D1D fab in Oregon and Fab 32 in Arizona are slated for 45-nm production before the end of the year, while a third, Fab 28, will come online in Israel sometime during the first half of 2008.

The 45-nm fabs will be added to the existing 65-nm fab facilities, and all are capable of using 300-mm wafers.

Click here to read more about Intel's plans for 45-nm chips.

Intel demonstrated five working systems, borrowed from its own qualification labs, running 45-nm CPUs of different flavors, including a laptop.

Another pair of systems represented typical desktop PCs, including a dual-core and a quad-core system. Two additional dual-socket, workstation-class systems were also on show, including a dual-socket system with two quad-core CPUs.

Read the full story on ExtremeTech: Intel Takes Wraps Off 45-nm 'Penryn'

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Loyd Case came to computing by way of physical chemistry. He began modestly on a DEC PDP-11 by learning the intricacies of the TROFF text formatter while working on his master's thesis. After a brief, painful stint as an analytical chemist, he took over a laboratory network at Lockheed in the early 80's and never looked back. His first 'real' computer was an HP 1000 RTE-6/VM system.

In 1988, he figured out that building his own PC was vastly more interesting than buying off-the-shelf systems ad he ditched his aging Compaq portable. The Sony 3.5-inch floppy drive from his first homebrew rig is still running today. Since then, he's done some programming, been a systems engineer for Hewlett-Packard, worked in technical marketing in the workstation biz, and even dabbled in 3-D modeling and Web design during the Web's early years.

Loyd was also bitten by the writing bug at a very early age, and even has dim memories of reading his creative efforts to his third grade class. Later, he wrote for various user group magazines, culminating in a near-career ending incident at his employer when a humor-impaired senior manager took exception at one of his more flippant efforts. In 1994, Loyd took on the task of writing the first roundup of PC graphics cards for Computer Gaming World -- the first ever written specifically for computer gamers. A year later, Mike Weksler, then tech editor at Computer Gaming World, twisted his arm and forced him to start writing CGW's tech column. The gaming world -- and Loyd -- has never quite recovered despite repeated efforts to find a normal job. Now he's busy with the whole fatherhood thing, working hard to turn his two daughters into avid gamers. When he doesn't have his head buried inside a PC, he dabbles in downhill skiing, military history and home theater.