Intel recently announced that they will not be making any dual-core 45nm Nehalem CPUs. While quad-core desktop and mobile 45nm Nehalem CPUs will still be launched on schedule in mid 2009, scheduled dual-core desktop and mobile variants have been scrapped and will instead be launched in late 2009 or early 2010 as 32nm Westmere CPUs containing integrated graphics cores as part of the CPU package.
From Firing Squad
|Intel plans to introduce mainstream derivatives of Nehalem in the second half of 2009. These processors will utilize a new CPU socket and 5-series chipset, making them incompatible with the X58/Core i7 platform and vice versa. They’ll also utilize a dual-channel memory controller rather than the triple-channel controller used on the Core i7.
These first mainstream derivatives of Nehalem are codenamed Lynnfield and Clarksfield. Lynnfield will be used for the desktop market, while Clarksfield will reside in notebooks.
Both chips will sport quad-processing cores with Hyper-Threading support, allowing the processor to handle up to eight threads simultaneously. Intel was expected to also introduce a dual-core derivative with integrated graphics codenamed Havendale, but as we learned yesterday Havendale has been cancelled.
Instead of launching Havendale for the value segment, Intel plans to go straight to their 32-nm Westmere family of CPUs.
In a bit of a surprise to us at least, Intel basically announced that their first Westmere parts will be focused on the value segment, previously Intel’s first CPUs to get new technology went into the high-end space. The first Penryn parts for instance went into the Core 2 Extreme QX9770 and Core 2 Extreme QX9650 in 2007, with 45-nm mainstream parts shipping in early 2008.