CPU of the future, Intel development cards

    As you know, it’s human nature to plan your future. But if people's plans usually concern their local environment, then the largest hardware / software companies manipulate half the planet. It is not surprising that they clearly follow their plans and keep them in the strictest confidence from competitors.

    And when the “genealogical cards” of Intel processors leak into the network, official or not, alwaysthere is a risk of being wrong, but, with the same probability, you can be on a horse. There are only one way to check this kind of guesses - trench; just give time to flow quietly and follow events. And depending on what we know, it is possible to assert with some degree of certainty about the authenticity of the pictures that "leaked" to the Internet. Just keep in mind the fact that any plans can change at a high speed and what I suggest you take a look at now most likely reflects Intel's current plans for 2008-2010, but the company always has the right to change its position.

    Picture of original size: here .

    These charts published by Japanese PCWatchand, today, they reflect the real situation on the processor market. But until Intel says that these are official schemes - they are unofficial .

    However, today Intel actually, as shown on the map, fills the market with key chips for itself: E7300 (2.6GHz Wolfdale, 3MB L2). Moving to the 4th quarter of this year, we see the launch of Nehalem (although initially only Bloomfield and the bottom position in the Mainstream 3 group, which should hint at the price). Leaving the key release of Core i7 in your pocket, and moving towards mid-2009, Intel updates almost the entire line of processors on Nehalem, “shifting” the current Core 2 Duo to the line of low-end class: Celeron. And at the very bottom we see new Atoms.

    Turning our eyes to 2010, we see the six-core Westmere (which is currently scheduled for release in the first half of the year) in the high-end sector of the market. It seems that Intel is eager to shove, and you can’t call it another way, multi-core processors are in the mass market even despite the actual death of applications that support 6 and 8 stones.

    But this problem is not new, but one far-reaching conclusion can be made: perhaps one of the strongest jumps in productivity awaits us (although according to Moore’s law, we will call each 4-5 year gap in CPU performance “strongest”).

    Atom in 2009

    There are no specific dates on this map, but you don’t need to be a seer either. Atom 230 now occupies a fairly active and sought-after position in the market, and the launch of 330 is a matter of several weeks. New mobile processors should appear in 2009, but at the moment it is not clear whether Intel will repeat last year's trick and release single-core processors in front of dual-core ones. The two biggest changes that may come are a platform change and an integrated GPU core. Moreover, it is not at all necessary that a graphic chip will be integrated into each Atom processor, Intel may well set it as an option for an additional price.

    The fact that the new Atom will use DMI instead of the standard FSB indicates the presence of an integrated memory controller (the cherished letters DDR2 x1), and this suggests that the performance of mobile solutions based on Intel will also rise significantly. At the same time, if the processor has RAM, then the company will most likely use MCM stamping for Pinefield: CPU + IMC on one side and GPU core on the other.

    All this, however, was already expected without any “spyware” charts and maps. Intel itself has pointed out the need to raise the level of performance and reduce energy consumption by Atom itself for a long time (there is also the problem of the gluttonous 945GC chipset, which consumes energy many times more than the processor itself). And if Atoms with a performance of 1.8 GHz and 2 GHz do not surprise me a lot, then the dual-core Atom 2 GHz will probably be the highlight of 2009.

    PS Dear friends, as you know, I never publish something that I myself can’t be sure of at least 50% of. So it was with the iPod 4G , HTC Dream and ... in general, with nothing but that (and I remember only one exception) And this is not to mention that I love the truth no less than yours. A short footnote to the question of rumors, speculation and fakes. And there is no need to holivarit, I ask you - this is information for discussion, not spray of saliva.

    In the wake of Ars technica .

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