Intel completes 45nm 'Wolfdale', 'Yorkfield' architecture

Intel has completed its first 45nm processor, 'Penryn', ensuring the part will successfully run Windows Vista, Mac OS X and Linux, the chip giant said yesterday. The news comes just over a month after Intel began offering engineering samples of the chip. Penryn will go into production during the second half of this year, with the bulk of its processors being fabbed at 45nm during 2008. Penryn - the name for the 45nm and tweaked Core 2 architecture rather than a CPU itself - will form the basis for the dual-core 'Wolfdale' and the quad-core 'Yorkfield', respectively the successors to today's 65nm Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad chips.

Penryn will extend the Core 2 architecture - it's expected to play host to the fourth set of Intel's Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE), a further 48 instructions designed to improve the processor's ability to handle multimedia applications. Penryn will also introduce two further instructions dubbed by Intel "application-targeted accelerators".

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Damn at this rate AMD will never catch up. My 3800x2 is looking worse and worse every day. Then in come the core 2's and now these. AMD skip 65 nm and get to work on 45 nm chips.

Just give AMD some time. Intel may have the lead now but AMD will ackfire and the story will be the same again as before. At least you even have an x2, all I have is a crappy socket 478 non-HT Pentium 4

I have a core 2 duo e6600 and I am happy with it. I dont pplay too many graphic intensive games.

I am still playing rise of nations(the original) and roller coaster tycoon 3.

I mostly record tv programs ,edit video and music.

Most of what I do the core 2 duo is fine for me.

They wasn't suppose to call them Core 3 Duo / Quad ?

Btw, AFAIK, Wolfdale will be at speed like 3.5GHz to 4GHz on a 1333MHz FSB and with 3 or 6MB L2 Cache and as cherry on it's top, it use a lower TDP than the actual C2D.
Yorkfield is more unknown to me, with a true Quad Core, but having 8 treads (Hyper treading returns in a new better form) and 2 × 6MB L2...