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Next Gen Intel Core2 'Bloomfield' spied before IDF!!
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Intel's next-generation 45nm processor architecture, 'Nehalem', madean appearance at the as-yet-unopened Intel Developer Forum (IDF) eventtoday. A number of machines sported four-core versions of the chip.
One, packed inside a Supermicro box, was running complex flowanalysis - making a flag wave in the wind - on all eight of the CPU'svirtual cores. Nehalem uses Intel's HyperThreading technology to allowits four cores to appear to the host OS as double that number.

Intel's 'Nehalem': eight cores running - sort of - at IDF

Alas, when we popped by a little later to take a picture, the chiphad crashed leaving said flag frozen, but we can confirm is was workingearlier.
Other machines were described as being based upon the 'Bloomfield'platform. Bloomfield is the version of Nehalem that's expected to debutas the Core Extreme and Core Quad series - 'Gainestown' is anothervariant, for two-processor machines.

Intel's 'Bloomfield': HyperThreading back on the desktop

Bloomfield is designed for single-CPU boxes, and connects to three channels of DDR 3 memory, the IDF booth confirmed.
The system's remaining northbridge functions are handled by the'Tylersburg' chip, which connects to Bloomfield - and otherNehalem-class processors, for that matter - over the new QuickPathInterconnect (QPI) bus. Tylersubrg essentially provides a feed to anICH9 or ICH10 southbridge I/O chip and links two x16 PCI Express 2.0slots into the system.
Unfortunately, we were spotted by a couple of Intel booth-mindersand told to sling our hook, but not before we got these crafty snaps.

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