Intel to show off 32nm Westmere at IDF

Clarkdale and Arrondale out soon.

Published Mon, Sep 14 2009 2:30 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:36 PM CST
As AMD and Global Foundries talk of 32nm in 2010 Intel is already preparing for 32nm for its coming out party at IDF, which starts today. This new process falls under the general name of Westmere.

The primary CPUs that are being run on this process are the Clarkdale (Desktop) and Arrondale (Mobile). Both will feature a 32nm CPU core with a 45nm GPU bolted right next to it. This is a continuation of the Lynnfield concept which has a PCI Gen 2 controller built into the CPU.

We should start seeing the 32nm Arrondale before the end of the year. This will hurt AMD in a couple of ways, the first problem is that Intel will have taken another AMD idea and actually made it work. The second is that Intel will be ahead in terms of process for the better part of a year while AMD will be struggling to catch up to the Core i5.

Intel should also announce a new High-K Metal gate technology that will help with current leak at the smaller process sizes. This, according to Intel, will put Intel ahead of the game by about 3 years in terms of manufacturing.

And let us not forget that the six-core Gulftown should be 32nm also. Gulftown should see retail shelves late this year or early 2010.

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