Intel cooks up nine 45nm Core 2 chips

On Wednesday, we heard rumors that Intel was prepping a set of seven Xeon processors based on 45nm process technology for a launch next quarter. The guys over at DigiTimes now have some information pertaining to the desktop side of things.

Basing itself on word from moles at motherboard manufacturers, DigiTimes says Intel is readying no fewer than nine new chips for the 45nm desktop launch. Those chips will include three quad-core "Yorkfield" models clocked at 2.5GHz, 2.66GHz, and 2.83GHz, as well as four dual-core "Wolfdale" offerings running at 2.66GHz, 2.83GHz, 3GHz, and 3.16GHz. Intel's 45nm lineup will also include one extra Yorkfield chip and one extra Wolfdale chip, both with yet-unknown clock speeds.

The five Wolfdale models will reportedly pack 6MB of L2 cache, while three of the quad-core Yorkfield CPUs will have 12MB. Only the 2.5GHz Yorkfield will break the trend by sporting 6MB of cache—presumably 3MB per dual-core die.

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