• Intel tick-tockin' for years to come

    Intel’s “tick-tock” process of alternating between shrinking the die and updating the microarchitecture has done them well so far, and apparently they see no obstacles to continuing it through 2012. Unfortunately, that’s when things go a bit pear-shaped and you start having to deal with quantum properties (10nm is edge-of-comprehension small) and doing drastic things… Read More

  • The future of Moore's law: IBM's chief technologist weighs in

    Trouble ahead, captain! Before ten years is out, our pattern of reducing the size of semiconductors (for example, the move to 45nm from 65nm with Penryn) every two years or so is going to hit a brick wall. In a few more shrinks, we’ll be approaching 10nm, at which point quantum mechanics begin to take over and reality gets all wobbly. So what’s next? IBM’s chief technologist… Read More

  • Intel's next barrage: Nehalem gets previewed

    Those lucky bastards over at AnandTech got their mitts on a couple totally unofficial Nehalem chips. For those of you not in the know (a group which included me until about 15 minutes ago), Nehalem is the second part of the Intel processor cycle that started with the 45nm Penryn shrinkage all those months ago. Just as the Core microarchitecture (and the phenomenally popular Core2 Duos) were… Read More

  • Retailers confirm new iMacs next week

    GeekSugar predicted there’d be new iMacs next week, and several retailers have confirmed the existence of new model numbers in their inventory. That’s what MacRumors claims, at least. What should you expect with these new iMacs? Penryn-based processors, for one, and maybe an expanded hard drive or newer video card. A minor update, in other words, not a total re-design. Read More

  • Benchmark: Apple 2.5GHz Penryn MacBook Pro

    [photopress:Picture_8.png,full,pp_image,center] Today in the CrunchGear test labs we’re benchmarking the Penryn-based MacBook Pro. And just for fun we’re also benchmarking the Merom-based MacBook and a Mac Pro. For this test we’re using Primate Labs Geekbench 2. The baseline for this test is 1000, which represents a 1.6GHz Power Mac G5. For all intents and purposes… Read More

  • Getting to know the Penryns

    [photopress:cleanroom.jpg,full,center] Everybody’s excited about Intel’s new 45nm chip architecture and its first iteration, the Penryns. They’re going to be in the MacBooks, they’re going to be in your desktops, they’re basically taking the joint over and everyone’s pumped. You’re probably wondering why. Isn’t it just another bump in… Read More

  • Penryn invades Dell XPS M1330

    Looks as if those Penryn chips have made their way into Dell’s lineup a tad faster than we first thought. Not that it’s a bad thing. In fact, it’s a glorious thing and I’m so happy to tell you all about it. So far the XPS M1330 has been outfitted, as expected, with the 45-nanometer chips. The M1330 starts out at $999 but to get the Penryn chip you’ll have to add… Read More

  • Toshiba adds Penryn to U305 thin-and-light laptops

    Toshiba’s Satellite U305 line gets a bump with the recent addition of the Satellite U305-S2816, which features the new Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 processor (Penryn). The S2816 starts at $1,349.99 and comes with 2GB of RAM, 250GB hard drive, 13.3-inch 1280×800 widescreen display, DVD SuperMulti drive, and weighs in at 4.54 pounds. I couldn’t find a battery life spec (except… Read More

  • Rumor: Penryn chips invading Dell, possibly Apple very soon

    If rumors surrounding Dell are to be believed then we will soon see Intel’s 45-nm Penryn chips being offered in upcoming notebooks. Duh, right? But it looks like they’ll be coming to market much sooner than we expected, like, in a week. Dell and Apple are both a little behind the ball in bringing Penryn notebooks to market since Toshiba, Gateway and HP have already gone and done… Read More

  • More information on the MacBook Air's CPU

    Here’s some more information about the made-for-Apple Intel Core 2 Duo chip that’s found in the new MacBook Air. Anand Lal Shimpi over at AnandTech dug into the available data and found that the chipset is actually based on the Penryn Montevina SFF Centrino platform that’s due out later this year but with a different voltage. It seems Apple convinced Intel to release… Read More

  • Apple updates Mac Pro, Xserve: Penryn processors

    [photopress:08mp_display.jpg,full,center] A prelude of things to come next week at MacWorld? Apple speed bumped the Mac Pro and Xserve today; both now use Intel’s recently-released Penryn processor. The revised Mac Pro, what every little Mac Head wish he had the money for, has: – two 2.8 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon processors with dual-independent 1600 MHz front side buses;
    –… Read More

  • The Penryns are coming!

    With CES two weeks away things are leaking left and right. This time around we’re finding out who has Intel’s 45nm Penryn processors lurking within shiny new notebooks. Ok, so we pretty much knew who was doing what, but now it’s official according to Notbook Italia. Acer will launch at least eight notebooks ranging from 12.1- to 20.1-inch screen notebooks. Fujitsu has two… Read More

  • Fujitsu's probably-Penryn laptop has huge battery life

    The line between portability and battery life is about to get a whole lot blurrier, like your vision if you were to walk into a doorknob eye-first and then fall down and hit your other eye squarely on an orange that you left on the floor in the middle of your kitchen for some reason. This laptop will be under three pounds, have a 12.1-inch LED-backlit display at 1280×800 resolution… Read More

  • Intel's Penryn: Ready to go, but will it meet the hype?

    Penryn is hitting the streets. The 45 Nanometer procs are promising to be the “biggest leap forward” in processor design in almost 40 years. Or so they say. We really hear this type of hyperbole from Intel every couple years. That being said, this might be the one time it’s accurate. Intel’s chips are in production now, and while no street date has been officially… Read More