If you're desperate for some positive Intel
news after hearing those less-than-inspiring margin forecasts earlier today, the chipmaker is once again keeping itself on track
in regard to pumping out its forthcoming 45-nanometer
processors. While we were briefed
on the dual-core Wolfdale and quad-core Yorkfield
just a few weeks back, Intel is now claiming that its Penryn-based chips are "complete" and will play nice with Windows Vista, Mac OS X, and Linux operating systems when they hit the shelves. Both chips are (still) slated to hit production during the second half of this year, with manufacturing to hit full stride during 2008. Penryn is supposed to "extend the Core 2 architecture" by playing host to the next set of Intel's Streaming SIMD Extensions (SSE), and will also lend a hand in the future development of Montevina
, and just in case you're the (way) forward-looking type, you can expect Penryn's successor -- dubbed Nehalem -- to roll out in late '08.