Intel's Nehalem to feature CSI?
The Inquirer says it has word from the Spring Processor Forum
that Intel's Nehalem processors will feature the Common Systems Interconnect. More widely known as CSI, the interconnect is already expected to appear in
next-generation Itaniums, but Nehalem could be CSI's entry ticket into
desktops, workstations, and small/medium servers. According to The Inq,
the enterprise variant of Nehalem will sport up to eight CSI links. The
site says this might either allow each chip in an 8-way server to talk
to other chips directly or simply to a large number of peripherals.
Based on previous roadmaps, it would
appear Nehalem is scheduled for a launch some time in 2008. The
chip will reportedly be based on a new, post-Core microarchitecture, as
well as 45 nm process technology. According to another report by The
Inquirer, Intel's 45 nm process has been pushed back one
quarter from Q4 2007 to Q1 2008, but the 45 nm introduction is
expected to occur with a Core-based derivative dubbed Penryn. Nehalem is
expected to follow some months later, once the 45 nm process has matured.