IDF: San Francisco – At the 10th Intel Developer Forum yesterday, president and CEO Paul Otellini made it clear that Intel has regained its supremacy in chip technology and that it's not about to let this slip anytime in the foreseeable future.
Announcing that 20 SKUs of its next generation Penryn 45 nanometre microprocessors (with 410-million transistors per die) will be available on 12 November, Otellini also displayed one of its first wafers bearing Intel's 32 nanometre chips – with 1.9-billion transistors per die.
Otellini says that the November launch of Penryn will address the server and high-end desktop markets and that in the first quarter of 2008 another 15 SKUs would be launched addressing these market segments, as well as the mobile sector.
"We are very, very excited about the customer adoption and acceptance we have had of this technology," Otellini says. "There are more than 750 companies designing product around it.
"We are in production with 45 nanometre and Penryn today and the wafers are moving through the labs for this launch."
Otellini adds that in line with the environmentally-friendly mindset that has engulfed the world, Intel continues to play its part.
"We are committed to cleaner products and for some time now, our products have been lead-free," Otellini says. "Today, I'm happy to announce that our new 45 nanometre and 65 nanometre chipsets will also be halogen-free by the end of 2008."
Otellini says that Intel's new "tick-tock" strategy has allowed it to regain its rightful position as the world's leading chip manufacturer – and will allow it to maintain this position.
"Our tick-tock strategy of alternating next generation silicon technology and a new microprocessor architecture – year after year – is accelerating the pace of innovation in the industry," he says. "Tick-tock is the engine creating today's most avanced technologies and keeps them coming out at a rapid cadence. Our customers andcomputer users around the world can count on Intel's innovation engine and manufacturing capability to deliver state-of-the-art performance that rapidly becomes mainsteam.
"We expect our Penryn processors to provide up to a 20% performance increase while improving energy efficiency," he says. "Intel's breakthrough 45nm silicon process technology allows us to provide low-cost, extremely low-power processors for innovative small form factor devices while delivering high-performance, multi-core, multi-featured processors used in the most advanced systems."
During his keynote, Otellini also conducted the first public demo of the Nehalem processor (with 731-million transistors per die) – slated for release in the second half of 2008.
"Nehalem is an entirely new architecture that leverages Intel's Core Microarchitecture, bringing leading-edge performance advantages, power efficiency and important new server features to market just a year after our 45nm lead," Otellini says.