Westmere to Be a Focus of IDF

Intel's upcoming 32-nanometer 'Westmere' processor, aimed at desktops and notebooks, will be a key topic of discussion at the Intel Developer Forum in September, according to an Intel blog. The six-core chip will include such features found in the 45-nm 'Nehalem' chips as Turbo Boost, as well as improved virtualization capabilities. Some of the chips also will have hyperthreading capabilities, enabling them to process two instruction threads simultaneously.

Intel's 32-nanometer "Westmere" processor, the next step in the chip maker's "Nehalem" architecture, looks to be a focus of the upcoming Intel Developers Forum next month.

In a blog post Aug. 19, Ken Kaplan, a member of Intel's corporate communications team, noted that consumers and corporations will soon be seeing desktops and notebooks powered by the six-core processor.

"Westmeres will be the basis of upcoming all new Core chips (Core i3, i5, and 7) over the next few months," Kaplan said in his post.

Intel is expected to start producing the processor in late 2009, with a rollout date coming in early 2010. Intel officials said in February that the Westmere design will also form the basis for some server devices.

IDF is scheduled to run Sept. 22-24 in San Francisco.

Westmere will feature 12MB of Level 3 cache, improved virtualization capabilities and integrated graphics features.

The chips also will include features built into the "Nehalem" architecture, including Turbo Boost, which dynamically scales the processor power up or down depending on demand. In addition, some of the chips will feature hyperthreading capabilities, enabling each core to handle two instruction threads simultaneously, Kaplan said.

In February, Intel officials announced plans to spend $7 billion over two years to upgrade manufacturing facilities in New Mexico, Arizona and Oregon.

Intel already has released 45-nm Nehalem processors for PCs and two-socket servers. The eight-core Nehalem EX, for four-socket systems, is due out later this year.