“In the past, Intel executives have spoken in broad terms about integrating components such as the memory controller and direct links between processor cores. But those technologies are on tap for Nehalem, the code name Intel has assigned to a chip family it will start producing in 2008, Pat Gelsinger, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Digital Enterprise Group, said during a briefing for reporters here,” Krazit reports.
Krazit reports, “Intel also plans to build chips with ‘point-to-point’ links that directly connect processor cores with their neighbors, and install a fast link between the processor and memory with integrated memory controllers, Gelsinger said… Not every chip in the Nehalem family will come with all those features, but they will be available to Intel’s designers, Gelsinger said. Different customers require various types of products for their future PC and server designs, he said.”
“For example, Intel’s newest best friend, Apple, is pushing the chipmaker to develop chips with a lot of integrated pieces, including graphics controllers, Gelsinger said. Apple’s focus on industrial design means it’s looking at building ever-smaller systems, and integration is one way to accomplish that, he said,” Krazit reports.
Krazit reports, “Intel will start producing Nehalem processors–the actual brand has yet to be revealed–in 2008 using its 45-nanometer manufacturing technology. But before then, it plans to introduce Penryn chips as the first processors to use that new manufacturing technology.”
More details in the full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Adam W.” for the heads up.]
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