Report: Clarkdale to ship in the fourth quarter

Will you be able to build a shiny new PC with a 32nm Clarkdale processor this year? Signs point to yes, according to DigiTimes. The site quotes sources at motherboard makers who say Intel has pulled Clarkdale’s mass-production schedule forward.

Reportedly, Clarkdale will account for a considerable 10% of Intel’s shipments to PC makers in the fourth quarter. For reference, DigiTimes says Lynnfield will only make up 2% of shipments, while Core 2 Duo processors will represent 35%. That means we may see plenty of affordable, 32nm dual-core processors with integrated graphics out in the wild before Christmas.

Mind you, Intel already dropped the biggest bombshell four months ago, when it said Clarkdale and Arrandale would hit production late this year. However, the company has stayed mum on its exact launch schedule for the two processors, suggesting they could slip into 2010.

Clarkdale should use the same LGA1156 socket as upcoming quad-core Lynnfield CPUs. However, we heard earlier this month at Computex that it might not work in the same boards, since Clarkdale mobos will have graphics ports hooked up to the CPU socket.

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    • tygrus
    • 10 years ago

    Another Intel CPU another series of chipsets/mainboards. Easy come, easy go. More sales, more dough.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 10 years ago

    flip-mode is on point. I’m getting pretty confused about intel’s socket roadmap.

    Also: Long live socket 754!! : )

    Edit: WOW a reply fail?? I swear to GOD ALMIGHTY that I /[

    • flip-mode
    • 10 years ago

    The socket situation on the Intel side is getting pretty messy. I don’t see 755 going away any time soon due to low end CPU continuing to ride that train, so that means four sockets for the next little while.

      • JoHowdy123
      • 10 years ago

      you mean 775?

        • eitje
        • 10 years ago

        Maybe he meant 754.

      • ClickClick5
      • 10 years ago


        • UberGerbil
        • 10 years ago

        Intel never intended 1366 to be a mainstream socket. It’s purely a workstation/1P server socket, and might not even have existed if it didn’t offer a convenient way to get paid field tests of the much more important Gainestown die and platform.

        Having multiple sockets really doesn’t matter a whit to consumers. They upgrade their CPU along with the motherboard and the case and everything else. Only the enthusiasts make a big deal about it; the other 99 out of one hundred don’t know about CPU sockets and don’t care about it if you try to explain it.

        The OEMs, on the other hand, are a constituency that cares about sockets, and one that Intel has to listen to at least to some degree. But they’re focused on costs most of all, and if a new socket offers lower costs (as Clarkdale with its simplified motherboards should) that’s all they need to hear.

        • MadManOriginal
        • 10 years ago

        Well Intel had a chance to do what you said, and really it’s pretty close – LGA1156 for consumer and LGA1336 for servers. (Yes, LGA1336 is for servers even if there are ‘consumer’ boards that use it.) The lingering LGA775 is largely what mucks it up, they shouldn’t rename those to ‘Core i3’ because it might give people the false impression that they could upgrade to higher ‘Core i_’ CPUs but it looks like Intel is unwilling to use quad core dies all the way down the line and will wait until 32nm at least so they have a dual core die for the lower end. That LGA1156 is split in to chipsets for IGP and non-IGP CPUs is unfortuate, it seems like they ought to be able to make one chipset and socket for both and leave the feature up to motherboard makers. Maybe that’s how it actually is and I’m confused or lacking info.

        Here’s a chart I saw someone link: §[<<]§ which actually shows it may not be a chipset issue but a motherboard one, except it's got LGA1155 and LGA1156 for Lynnfield :shrug: So it's not LGA1336 and LGA1156 split that's bad in general, it's the LGA775 'Core i_' branding that brings confusion for non-technical people and the possible LGA1155/1156 non-IGP/IGP CPU split that's bad for technical people.

    • ryko
    • 10 years ago

    yeah, from what i understand there will be 1156-a and 1156-b sockets. one will have a video-out port on the rear cluster, the other will not. theoretically, you should be able to use any clarkdale cpu in either mobo, but you will obviously need a discrete video card if you choose the one without video-out.

    at least let’s hope this is the case!

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