Intel: Official CPU Roadmap including first processor with six cores
At the ISSCC (International Solid-State Circuits Conference) which takes place until February 12, Intel presents a working 32 nanometer processor for desktop and mobile systems.
Besides smaller cores Intel expects better performance from Westmere. Furthermore simplified motherboards are supposed to be enough since the system architecture has been overhauled. The integrated graphics unit is a new feature.
The Roadmap now lists a desktop CPU with six cores which is called Gulftown. Intel will also use Hyperthreading for all the CPUs, because of which they will offer the doubled amount of virtual cores.
We summarized the forthcoming Nehalem and Westmere processors in a chart:
|Segment||Nehalem (45 nm)||Cores||Threads||Westmere (32 nm)||Cores||Threads|
|Mainstream||Lynnfield||4||8||Clarkdale (incl. iGFX)||2||4|
|Mobile||Clarksfield||4||8||Arrandale (incl. iGFX)||2||4|
|Server||Expandable Scalable (typically 4+ sockets)||Nehalem-EX||8||16||Future Westmere CPU|
|Efficient Performance (typically 2+ sockets)||Nehalem-EP||4||8||Future Westmere CPU|
|Entry (1 Socket)||Lynnfield||4||8||Clarkdale (incl. iGFX)||2||4|
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