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SAN FRANCISCO—Now that Intel has
detailed its new Nehalem microarchitecture
, the question remains when the first
of the processors built around this new chip architecture will hit the
enterprise space and the wider consumer market.

To date, Intel
has revealed that the first of the Nehalem-based processors, the Intel Core i7
will enter the market in the fourth quarter of 2008 for high-end
desktop and gaming PCs before switching to desktop workstations and then
single-socket server systems.

From there, processors for the two- and four-socket space will land in the
market by the second half of 2009, Intel Senior Vice President Patrick
Gelsinger told eWEEK at the Intel Developer Forum here. One reason for this
gradual rollout of Nehalem-based processors, Gelsinger said, is to allow OEMs
to build new systems and allow for extensive testing and a long validation
process for IT shops interested in the new processors.


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