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Intel shows off 45nm Penryn

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The Intel Core 2 Duo series is about to embark on a die shrink, from 65nm to 45nm. The new Core 2 Duo's, codenamed "Penryn", will have a slew of new features. The Penryn's will support a new set of SSE instructions, have higher clock speeds while maintaining the same power draw, and have a larger L2 Cache. The dual core Penryn will have 410 million transistors, and the quad core Penryn will have 820 million. All of the Penryn's will be on a 300mm package. Like with the current generation quad core offerings, the quad core Penryn's will have two dual core processors on one package. The Penryn series will have the same power requirements as the Conroe, which translates to 35W laptop chips, 65W dual-core desktop chips, and 80W quad-core desktop chips. Intel has successfully tested the Penryn's on several operating systems for stability, and we should see something commercially available around Q2 2007.


Source: The Register
 

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ive never understood those pics what is it ment to be and what does it mean, im sure if i knew it would turn me on
 

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Looks like I'll be upgrading my E6600 sooner than I thought...

ive never understood those pics what is it ment to be and what does it mean, im sure if i knew it would turn me on
They are the cores. That large uniform area taking up half the processor on the left is the L2 cache.
 
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Intel's answer to the K8L.

I'm disappointed. No fancy tricks?

Intel's spellbook all washed up or what?

They're either very confident, or don't want to risk compatability problems with mobos again, like they did with the core duo -> core 2 duo fiasco.
 

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What do you want from them? A complete new architecture release to compete with a processor that isn't even out yet and we have no idea what performance will be like?

Intel doesn't need fancy tricks, AMD is the one that has to start showing some fancy tricks if they want to stay alive, not Intel. So far I have been very uninpressed with everything I have seen from K8L.
 

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we havent even seen anything from K8L

if that pic is underneath the hood of a conroe and they are relasing a pic of it why doesnt amd just copy it or is it not that simple coz i still dont fully understand what that pic means, ive seen big round ones too
 

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Intels Answer to X2 64 was the C2D and AMDs Answer to Intel C2D will be comming up next. K8L I guess. Once that happens they both will just continue to improve upon the architecture until they develop one that better than the previous.
 

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With the advent of C2D, Intel took a huge step forward and regained momentum. I guess it is kind of a letdown when the next processors arent such a huge leap (but should still be plenty powerful)
 
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we havent even seen anything from K8L

if that pic is underneath the hood of a conroe and they are relasing a pic of it why doesnt amd just copy it or is it not that simple coz i still dont fully understand what that pic means, ive seen big round ones too

Yeh, that's the way I do it, I take a 61,3KB picture of a CPU which of course displays all 410 million transisitors and countless layers and build my own CPU with my soldering iron.


Big round one = Wafer
 
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Well i know i'll be making my Penryn processor with a soldering iron and meltic down silicon from dead stripper breast implants :) That picture deffinitely revealed everything.
 
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we havent even seen anything from K8L

if that pic is underneath the hood of a conroe and they are relasing a pic of it why doesnt amd just copy it or is it not that simple coz i still dont fully understand what that pic means, ive seen big round ones too
That is a general layout of the core.
Only Intel (and only the engineers of Intel) know the details of the circuits:respect: