Intel Moves to New Level With Penryn Chips

Intel Corp.s Penryn proc­essors, released last week, are based on new 45-nanometer technology that analysts say should provide a performance boost that will benefit serious multi­taskers, researchers and gamers.

The Penryn release comes just two months after Intel rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. started shipping its quad-core Barcelona chip, which was built using older 65nm manufacturing proc­esses. AMD isnt expected to move to 45nm technology until the second half of 2008. The Penryn line includes 15 dual- and quad-core Xeon server processors, plus a quad-core Core 2 Extreme desktop chip.

Dean Freeman, an analyst at Gartner Inc., predicted that the Penryn processors will be 20% to 50% faster than Intels previous chips. Its going to mean a faster desktop, he said.

Intel Penryn Chip

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