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Rumor: Intel Auburndale and Havendale CPUs cancelled

Posted on Monday, February 02 2009 @ 18:59:03 CET by

Theo Valich heard Intel has decided to cancel its 45nm processors with integrated graphics. These processors were codenamed Auburndale and Havendale, they were multi-chip modules with two cores and a separate graphics core connected by the Quick Path Interface (QPI).

The economic crisis has forced Intel to cancel these 45nm chips and focus on the 32nm shrink, which is codenamed Arandale. This 32nm die-shrink of Auburndale/Havendale was originally slated for the back-to-school season in Q3 2010, but it has been brought forward to Q1 2010.
But, this is not the end of Fusion concept in Santa Clara. Intel is going to replace Auburndale/Havendale with their 32nm die-shrink, known as Arandale. Arandale was originally supposed to debut for Back to School season 2010, alongside 32nm quad-core and sexa-core Westmere processors (Core i7 die-shrinks). But now, Arandale core has been brought forward by six months to Q1Œ2010. The debut is set probably for March (can you say CeBIT?) timeframe. We donft have any piece of information on Arandale, besides the fact that it is a die-shrink and will probably feature larger L3 cache, probably somewhere in the range of 6MB, just like current 45nm Wolfdale processors (6MB L2 cache).
Even though Intel has delayed its CPU+GPU processors, the company will still have a full year advantage over AMD's Fusion chips which are now planned for 2011.



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