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Intel continues with dual-die strategy

Posted on Tuesday, January 30 2007 @ 01:25:30 CET by

With its quad-core 45nm Penryn processors Intel will continue with its dual-die strategy. According to the Inq it may take until Nehalem before the chip giant will have a native quad-core processor.
There may be no chance of a native quad-core product until Nehalem. We hoped to see Intel do something about that, like say put four cores, each with say 2MB L2 cache, plus a shared 16MB L3 cache, on a single 1+ billion transistor die - or, at least, as we mentioned before, do a simple quad-core with a single 8MB shared L2 between them (however, multi-porting and ultrahigh bandwidth required may prove to be a challenge there).
Here's a picture of a dual-core Penryn die. Intel uses two of these to make a quad-core Penryn processor:


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Re: Intel continues with dual-die strategy
by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 30 2007 @ 04:28:12 CET
It works perfectly well in real life apps and it keeps the costs down by using dual dies. I say it's a keeper.

Re: Intel continues with dual-die strategy
by Anonymous on Tuesday, January 30 2007 @ 05:30:54 CET
Indeed, Intel is doing fine these days.


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