Intel has shelled out some more information about it’s 45nm Penryn processor and Nehalem chip with integrated memory controller. Yeah, that’s right. Intel is following AMD’s trajectory by departing from the traditional front side bus and integrating memory controller into the CPU. The 45nm Nehalem – a replacement of Core-based products, comes with up to eight cores and a “highly integrated” memory controller Nehalem system interconnect that provides increased performance. By the way, it also sports an integrated graphics, just like AMD’s Fusion processor. The Penryn series comes with 6MB L2 cache in dual core and up to 12 MB in quad-core versions.
The mass production of 45nm Penryn chips will start from second half of this year. You can expect them to hit store sometime late Q4 or early Q1 2008.