Harpertown: New 45nm Xeons from Intel
Posted on: 09/18/2007 10:00 PM

Today marks the launch of Intel's new, improved Xeons, codenamed Harpertown. Harpertown is a member of the Penryn family. Penryn is a multi-core processor based on an industry leading 45nm manufacturing process. A die-shrink really is a wonderful thing. It allows the chip designers to do all sorts of neat things to their processors. They can lower the voltage (indirectly decreasing power consumption and subsequently generated heat), add cache, tweak the pipelines, or, in the case of Penryn, all of the above.

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