updated 02:20 pm EDT, Thu June 18, 2009
Intel to Skip to 32nm CPUs
Intel is having enough success with its 32 nanometer manufacturing process that it plans to skip certain 45nm processors entirely, tips from within the mainboard industry. Rather than produce Havendale, the 45nm dual-core, desktop processor based on the Nehalem architecture, the company is purportedly ready to skip to its 32nm equivalent, Clarkdale. The new chips would arrive slightly later, in early 2010 instead of late 2009, and would be priced between $60 and $190 depending on clock speed and features.
The stepped up launch schedule will follow just after Intel is due to phase out a large number of older processors, including a summer phase-out of its previously high-end 2.8GHz Core i7 940 and 3.2GHz Core 2 Extreme. Four mid-range Core 2 Quad processors are also due to stop production by 2010, while a pair of low-end Celerons will leave the market in the summer and Pentium dual-cores in the summer.
Moving to 32nm reduces the amount of power used and the resulting amount of heat. A mobile equivalent to Clarkdale, known as Arrandale, may arrive as early as this summer.