Intel Renames New Chips as Core i7

August 11th, 2008 at 12:00 am

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Intel’s next generation chip is getting a new name.  Code named "Nehalmen," the new chips have been assigned a new badge number that will reduce ‘core’ branding confusion among chip afficionados and consumers alike, the first generation of processors built on Intel’s forthcoming Nehalmen architecture will be christened ‘Core i7’.

The Nehalmen technology comes after the quad core series.  The first wave of the chips will be made on the same 45nm die as the existing Penryn chips.  Of course the new chips will use the Nehlmen microarchitecture.

This will bake all four cores onto a single piece of silicon and introduces features such as an integrated memory controller with support for DDR, a slab of Level 3 cache (up to 8MB on desktops and 24MB on servers) shared among all cores, a point-to-point processor interconnect (named Intel QuickPath Interconnect) to replace the front side bus, and integrated graphics rolled into the CPU package

However, by the end of next year, the die’s thickness will be reduced to 32nm and will use a newe technology code named Westmere then Sandy Bridge.  Those newer microarchitectures will come after Nehalmen and is assumed to take the badge, ‘Core i8’

The Core i7 badge of course comes with a new logo, 2 in fact, most PCs will sport a high-gloss polished treatment of Intel’s traditional blue, while the Extreme Edition processors get a black version.

"The Core name is and will be our flagship PC processor brand going forward," said Sean Maloney, Intel Corporation executive vice president and general manager, Sales and Marketing Group. "Expect Intel to focus even more marketing resources around that name and the Core i7 products starting now." [Press Release

Shifting the emphasis back onto the Core brand is Intel’s answer to the unexpected complexities created by the initial shift to the Core architecture in early 2006 and subsequent spin-offs such as the Core Solo, Core Duo and Core 2 processor families, which most recently resulted in the Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad.

Resetting the naming clock to simple ‘Core’ will, after an expectedly bumpy branding transition at retail, make for a more logical rollout of successive chips and microarchitectures in the future.  [APCmag]