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Intel Shows Off 32-nm Westmere CPU Wafer

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 39 comments

See Intel's wafer of little chips.

While we're still somewhat caught up in the P55 and Core i7 and i5 Lynnfield newness, the real treat that Intel has around the corner is in its upcoming 32-nm Westmere chips along with Clarkdale and Arrandale.

32-nm is an exciting milestone for the processor industry, and Intel was proud to boast that it was first to produce a full processor using the manufacturing process. Check out the video below for the news chock full of technical details.

Making First 32nm Microprocessor

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    alikum , September 15, 2009 4:59 PM
    To be honest, since the last time GMA failed on me, I have grown skeptical towards Intel's graphics solution. Let's wait and see what the chips are capable of before talking, Intel.
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    chaohsiangchen , September 15, 2009 5:38 PM
    Rancifer7If they are the first 32nm producers, why does he mention they have better Gate pitch than their competitors that produce at 28nm?


    TSMC and IBM/Chartered/Motorola/... are gearing up to 28nm process, which will eventually produce chipsets with IGP for AMD, NVIDIA, VIA and other chipset makers.
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    techguy911 , September 15, 2009 5:41 PM
    Could be good IF it has multigpu support on the motherboard use any video card but use on board gpu to offload games to on windows 7.
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    alikum , September 15, 2009 4:59 PM
    To be honest, since the last time GMA failed on me, I have grown skeptical towards Intel's graphics solution. Let's wait and see what the chips are capable of before talking, Intel.
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    Major7up , September 15, 2009 5:07 PM
    It could be nice as a backup solution to have it integrated like that. Additionally you could have some damn small devices with the elimination of another graphics/video chip or card.
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2009 5:14 PM
    So should I not even bother buying a new computer until these 32nm chips come out?
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    zerapio , September 15, 2009 5:19 PM
    I've used the GMA on the 965 on my work system and NEVER had a blue screen related to the gfx driver. That says a lot! Sure, I don't push it with 3D apps because that's not what it was meant for but I do throw a lot of videos at it.
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    Rancifer7 , September 15, 2009 5:22 PM
    If they are the first 32nm producers, why does he mention they have better Gate pitch than their competitors that produce at 28nm?
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    bk420 , September 15, 2009 5:30 PM
    That's awesome! I hope it lights a fire under AMD!!! I'm glad to see the technology is moving faster than anticipated. 28nm isn't that far down the road, SWEET!
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    chaohsiangchen , September 15, 2009 5:38 PM
    Rancifer7If they are the first 32nm producers, why does he mention they have better Gate pitch than their competitors that produce at 28nm?


    TSMC and IBM/Chartered/Motorola/... are gearing up to 28nm process, which will eventually produce chipsets with IGP for AMD, NVIDIA, VIA and other chipset makers.
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    techguy911 , September 15, 2009 5:41 PM
    Could be good IF it has multigpu support on the motherboard use any video card but use on board gpu to offload games to on windows 7.
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    techguy911 , September 15, 2009 5:41 PM
    Could be good IF it has multigpu support on the motherboard use any video card but use on board gpu to offload games to on windows 7.
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    Stardude82 , September 15, 2009 5:49 PM
    Yeah... I'm waiting for the 32nm chips to come out, I almost bit on the i5 (somehow I thought it was 32nm). Nehalem is great and all.. but there aren't any killer apps right now. I'm not so hot about the current crop of games (mostly all ports) and Windows 7 should have lower system requirements than Vista.

    Right now, GPU's need to shrink. Most of them are way too hot for my liking.

    Where's the news about Clarksfield? Intel's mobile offerings are very stale and I need a new laptop soon.
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    fonzy , September 15, 2009 5:53 PM
    Miles Dyson (black guy from Terminator 2) should be Demonstrating this chip.
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    RaZZ3R , September 15, 2009 5:54 PM
    He doesn't look very shore what to say, its more like a reversal than a comercial video. Anyhow a like technology evolving at a constant pace but really 2 years betwen 45 nm and 32 nm is really to shorte for costumers, keeping the shoping so often for new CPU's. The best way is to whait for the 2nd generation of curent technologie to buy, for example the new Intel Core i7 and i5, AMD's Phenom II as well. And that applyes to GPU's ass well like: the new (old now) GTX 275. The 2nd generations are mostly cheaper and better optimized ... faster. I would prefer smaller but stronger thechnologie leaps, something like 4 years for Direct X and for the CPU manufacturing proces.
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    JasonAkkerman , September 15, 2009 5:57 PM
    Excellent, bring on the Core i9s!!!
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2009 6:07 PM
    Yes this is good, I will be jumping current i9/7/5 and going 32nm new build path. Missed 65nm so makes sense, besides the 45nm setup I hae will go great till then :) 
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    DjEaZy , September 15, 2009 6:20 PM
    ... so what... where is a GPU from intel, that performs reasonable?

    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/best-graphics-card,2404-7.html


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    anamaniac , September 15, 2009 6:29 PM
    A Intel integrated graphics will work just fine for your average Je's everyday use.
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    Anonymous , September 15, 2009 6:36 PM
    Intel seems to be gearing their production towards crap instead of good products. Core i5 is/was the yawn of the century, and this doesn't look any better, unless you get your rocks off by moving a crappy IGP to the CPUs packaging for the sake of being 1st to do it. I'll save my excitement for the Radeon 5000 series, thanks.
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    socrates047 , September 15, 2009 6:37 PM
    blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah
    blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah...... oh yeah, one more thing it kicks crysis's ass
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    shamgar , September 15, 2009 6:52 PM
    BUT CAN IT PLAY CRYSIS???? oh wait someone answered that already TY
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    itadakimasu , September 15, 2009 7:54 PM
    what was with the mirror?
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