We wouldn't be terribly upset if Intel up and decided to retire its Celeron brand, as has been rumored on occasion. In fact, notebook players at one point were supposedly told Intel would gradually reduce production of Celeron chips in 2011 and replace them with Pentium and dual-core Atom N series processors. Based on Intel's latest roadmap, it doesn't appear the Celeron brand is going anywhere.
Bulldozer's staggered release is starting to make sense. AMD began revenue shipments of its first Bulldozer chips earlier in the month, but those were server-based "Interlagos" parts and not the desktop "Zambezi" variant that's seen a number of delays. Chalk it up to problems on the assembly line related to the 32nm manufacturing process.
The first notebooks featuring the latest, Sandy Bridge-based Intel Core processors are already out there. While the Sandy Bridge architecture clearly seems to be restricted to mid- to high-end notebooks at the moment, that might change pretty soon as the Santa Clara chip maker has begun shipping its first Sandy Bridge-based Celeron laptop processor, the dual-core B810, to OEMs.
Everyone expects Intel’s 32nm Sandy Bridge chips with on-die graphics to shed their “upcoming” tag at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, when the chip maker is officially supposed to launch the new CPU range. But that didn’t stop Malaysian computer retailer Compuzone from flaunting pictures of some members of the Sandy Bridge family on its Facebook page, claiming that it already has them in stock. While the photographs have since been taken down, the Sandy Bridge chips along with Socket 1155 motherboards might already be on sale there.
Intel on Tuesday launched its Xeon 5600 processor series, calling it the "most secure data center processor" ever. They're also pretty powerful, having been built on Intel's 32nm Gulftown architecture. Already several enterprise vendors have touted the new chips.
"The performance of the Intel Xeon processor 5600 series is so compelling that it’s absolutely justifiable immediately in terms of ROI, to simply replace Legacy service, a whole rack of servers, or whatever it happens to be with a single platform. We did it ourselves for our own IT workloads and reduced 264 servers to 16 and in the process got high availability and agility as a result," said Simon Crosby, CTO, Data Center & Cloud, Citrix Systems.
The new chips -- which range in power from a 1.86GHz quad-core to a 3.33GHz six-core and 3.46GHz quad-core -- add a couple of new security features, including Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (Intel AES-NI) and Intel Trusted Execution Technology (Intel TXT). The result, says Intel, is faster encryption and decryption performance for more secure transactions and virtualized environments.
According to Intel, a two-socket server using the new low-voltage Xeon L5640 will deliver the same performance as a server using the previous generation's champ, the Xeon X5570.
According to news and rumor site Fudzilla, Intel plans to beef up its entry-level Celeron notebook processor line with the introduction of its Celeron P4500 processor.
Due out in the second quarter of this year, the P4500 will supplant the T3300. Unlike most other Celerons, however, the P4500 is built around Intel's 32nm Arrandale platform. It will come clocked at 1.86GHz per core, while the graphics will cruise along at 500MHz. You won't find any Turbo Overclocking on the P4500, though the graphics can be juiced to 667MHz.
Other features include DDR3-1066 support, 2MB of cache, and a 35W TDP. By comparison, the T3300 comes clocked slightly higher at 2GHz, but has half the amount of cache at 1MB.
Intel’s graphics offerings have traditionally been a little lackluster, but that could be about to change. Intel has reportedly informed its corporate partners that the new Sandy Bridge CPUs will be available by year’s end, and will pack a significant graphics performance increase. Intel is claiming as much as a doubling of performance. A “doubling” compared to what is currently unclear, but one could assume Intel is referring to the current Nehalem architecture.
The Sandy Bridge parts will be based on a 32nm manufacturing process and will have an on die graphics processor. The CPU core will be capable of clocks up to 4GHz and some models will have eight cores. ATI and Nvidia plan to move to 28nm graphics cores, which would leave Intel the only purveyor of 32nm cores.
We’d all love to see a doubling of performance over the poor Intel HD graphics found in the current Nehalem line. Only time will tell if this is just more wild speculation.
There's a reason why you chose an LGA1366 motherboard over the P55-based LGA1156 options, and that's because of the 6-core upgrade path. Some of you have been rolling with X58 ever since the chipset came out and have been patiently waiting for Intel's next-gen chips. Good news -- the wait is almost over.
According to PC Adviser, Intel's 32nm 6-core chips will be launching in the first half of this year. And as you're probably already aware, these will be based on Intel's Westmere architecture.
The new parts will also come with an updated instruction set and advanced power management tools that will limit the power consumed by idle cores, so not only should they be faster than anything else currently out there, but power consumption isn't likely to be a huge worry.
CES is just a few short days away, and in keeping with tradition, the rumor mill has been working overtime to try and leak announcements in advance of the massive event. In the laptop space Intel has been making our job easy since new Arrandale based Core i3 machines have been popping up for sale around the web, and the good news here is that they are much cheaper than we would have expected based on it being a new architecture. Canadian based retailer Future Shop is offering a Core i3 based Gateway machine for less than $700 USD, or for just $70 more, you can opt for the Toshiba Satellite with a slightly larger display.
Core i3 is the new budget platform from Intel offering most of the advantages of the Core i5 and i7 parts, with the key exception being a lack of Turbo-Boost. The Core i3's will also only come in a dual-core design, and will have slightly smaller caches than there more expensive brethren. Arrandale specific benefits include Intel's fastest integrated graphics solution which is now built directly onto the CPU, and Hyper-Threading support which will make a huge difference for applications that are heavily multi-threaded. The new 32-nanometer design also promises to be much more power efficient, always a plus where you're talking about laptops.
Let's just say now is a great time to be on the market for a new laptop, but I'd still hold out until CES if I were you.
I have a confession to make; I get a kick out of leaked Intel roadmaps. They almost always tend to be revealed mere days after I purchase a new CPU and are pretty effective at taking all the joy out of my new purchase. Of course, in the world of technology my fancy tends to be fickle, and a bit of CPU lust never hurt anyone.
The latest Intel roadmap doesn’t contain too many surprises but it does show that the transition to 32nm is well underway. The few standouts are a new sub-brand called Core i5 “S” that drops the chip down from 95w to 82w, and a Core i3 that strips away the turbo mode to bring down the cost. Intel’s movement at the low end of the market clearly shows their commitment to taking on AMD in the budget realm and it will be interesting to see benchmark comparisons on these new parts.
As for the high end, the new Core i9 “Gulftown” 6-core chip appears to be currently on schedule for a Q2 release next year. This gives us about 6 more months to enjoy our measly old quad cores. Click the jump to check out the detailed roadmap, or hit up PC Watch Japan for all the gory details in “loosely” translated Google English.