Intel prepping 45nm budget chips for Q4 '07?
Following the rumored Q3 2007 launch of dual-core "Wolfdale
" and quad-core "Yorkfield
" processors based on 45nm process technology, Intel will introduce a single-core derivative
still based on 45nm process technology in the fourth quarter, VR-Zone says. Dubbed Wolfdale-L, the chip will succeed a single-core Conroe-L processor that's rumored
to be coming in the second and third quarters of next year under the Pentium and Celeron monikers. Wolfdale-L will supposedly feature one core running between 2.4GHz and 3.0GHz with 1MB of L2 cache. The chip will run on an 800MHz front-side bus and bear a thermal dissipation rating of 35W. Judging by an allegedly leaked AMD roadmap
, Wolfdale-L should be stacked up against a single-core Spica chip based on AMD's next-generation architecture that's also coming in the fourth quarter.