Originally Posted by solipsism
Anyone here going to be upset if the next MBPs get 32nm dual
-core “Arrandale” Core-i7s instead of 45nm quad
-core “Clarkdale’ Core i7s?
You mean 45nm quad-core "Clarksfield", I think.Okay, here's the weird thing I just realised.
On Wikipedia, all of Intel's 32nm offerings, Arrandale and Clarkdale, are listed as only having two cores. Of course, the upper-range Arrandale and Clarkdales will have 4 threads, but still two cores.
So, here's where I'm confused. Does this mean Intel will provide new information on their CES Jan 7 2010 announcement about 4-core Arrandale and Clarkdale?
Or, does this mean for at least half a year Intel will continue with the 45nm non-GPU Penryn, and Lynnfield (desktop) and Clarksfield (mobile) for 4 cores...? (In addition to continuing with Bloomfield)?
I was under the impression that this "Westmere" 32nm process would involve transitioning their whole line within the first few months of 2010.
Instead, could be the first few months would see Arrandale and Clarkdale dual-cores only with the 45nm stuff still being produced until a later transition.
As I understand, Clarksfield battery life (a different thing from TDP alone) is horrible so Apple's Macbook Pro 17" will probably not use that. So the next refresh to the MacBook Pro processors would *all* be dualcores (4 threads on the higher-end) but *NO QUAD-CORE* ... at least until 32nm mobile quad-core processors come*
*Which may be announced by Intel next month, or which may come later in the year (middle of the year?)
Does anyone know for how long in 2010 will Intel be producing 45nm chips in bulk? I wonder if it is going to be until Sandy Bridge in 2011. Looks like 2010, the first half anyway, will have Intel continuing to produce 45nm Penryn, Clarksfield, Bloomfield, Lynnfield as well as 32nm Arrandale, Clarkdale, Gainstown.
Sandy Bridge would then be the 32nm mobile and desktop chips with on-die GPU and also 4 cores by default.In other words, unlike what I was assuming, in 2010 there may be no 32nm quad-core mobile CPU.