Intel aims to tape out its first 45nm processors by the end of this year.
The executive also said that Intel so far has shipped more than 40 million 65 nm processors (Core Duo, Pentium D 900, Core 2 Duo, Xeon 5100). The company already produces more 65 nm CPUs than older 90 nm versions. The first of a total 15 processors which will be built in a 45 nm process is scheduled to be taped out before the end of the year.
The dramatic wave of price reductions especially in the desktop processors appears to be settling down, as Core 2 Duo processors have moved deep into the mainstream and Intel is positioning the slowly fading Pentium brand on the lower end of its portfolio. Otellini said that the desktop space remains "very competitive" and Intel feels "comfortable" with Pentium processors being sold at lower price points.