Penryn will launch on November 12th

Written by Tim Smalley

September 18, 2007 // 8 p.m.

Tags: #12th #2 #core #extreme #intel #launch #microarchitecture #november #penryn #processor #processors #yorkfield

Paul Otellini revealed this morning that Intel will release its first 45nm microprocessor in less than two months.

He said that the first of 20 unique processors to make up the Penryn family will launch on November 12th.

Although Otellini didn't explicitly reveal the first processor's assignment, we got a strong inkling that it will be an "Extreme" desktop processor. He then added that there will be around 15 more products, which will come out on mobile and more mainstream platforms in the first quarter of 2008.

Penryn is based on Intel's successful Core microarchitecture but features a series of enhancements over the original Conroe processors. The enhancements include, but aren't limited to, 50 new SSE4 instructions and a 50 percent increase in cache size.

The quad-core version of Penryn, codenamed Yorkfield, features a 820m transistor die (it's a pair of Wolfdale dies, which each feature 410m transistors) and a whopping 12MB of L2 cache.

Otellini claimed that Intel's high-k metal gate transistors delivered up to a 20 percent performance improvement at the transistor level and the new manufacturing process also helped to reduce current leakage by a factor of ten. When we benchmarked Penryn at IDF in March, we saw some healthy performance improvements over the existing Core microarchitecture - we'll have to see how that pans out when we get the new chips in the bit-tech labs.

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