Intel unveiled details of its next-generation Core 2 processors, code-named Penryn, to the technology press on Jan. 25.
Just as AMD catches up with Intel by moving to a 65-nm process technology, Intel is poised to push ahead to 45 nm. According to Intel Vice President Steve Smith, Intels new 45-nm CPUs are slated to begin production sometime in the second half of 2007.
The company is readying three 45-nm fabs by 2008: The D1D fab in Oregon and Fab 32 in Arizona are slated for 45-nm production before the end of the year, while a third, Fab 28, will come online in Israel sometime during the first half of 2008.
The 45-nm fabs will be added to the existing 65-nm fab facilities, and all are capable of using 300-mm wafers.
Intel demonstrated five working systems, borrowed from its own qualification labs, running 45-nm CPUs of different flavors, including a laptop.
Another pair of systems represented typical desktop PCs, including a dual-core and a quad-core system. Two additional dual-socket, workstation-class systems were also on show, including a dual-socket system with two quad-core CPUs.