45nm Penryn chips headed to small-form factor PCs

Intel's upcoming 45nm "Penryn" processors should give the company some extra horsepower to combat AMD's Barcelona and Phenom X4 processors in the coming quarters. According to a report by DigiTimes, Penryn will also enable Intel to make even smaller and more power-efficient chips for low-power systems.

In the second half of 2008, the site says, Intel will introduce two low-power versions of Penryn: an LV version and an ULV version, both with ball-grid-array packaging. Those chips will reportedly have die areas of as little as 22mm²—a tiny fraction of the 143mm² die size of current Core 2 Duo chips. According to DigiTimes' sources, the new chips should allow manufacturers to further reduce the size of small-form-factor systems.

Update: It looks like the sizes quoted by DigiTimes are not die sizes as the site says but package sizes. The upcoming LV and ULV Penryn models should therefore have package sizes of 22mm x 22mm.

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