Thursday, January 10, 2008

Expect More Surprises From Intel On 45nm Based CPU

By the end of this quarter Intel should have over 30 processors built on the 45nm process released but the Silverthorne-maker is not stopping there. More 45nm goodies are now rumored to be arriving as soon as Q2 with the plan being to offer cheaper 45nm parts to better compete against AMD which already has the bulk of its offer priced at $200 and below.

The new arrivals will be named Core 2 Duo E7000 series and will only be Wolfdales with lower specs compared to the soon to be introduced E8000s. The E7000 CPUs will feature a 1066 MHz FSB (front side bus) and 'only' 3 MB of L2 cache but the rest of them will be identical to the new Wolfdales. The CPU series will debut with the release of the E7200, a dual-core processor with a TDP of 65W, clocked at 2.53 GHz and priced at $133. More E7000s are expected in Q3 and Q4 but the details are blurry at best. But it's enough to worry AMD and its forthcoming K10 dual and even tri-core CPUs.


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