Intel is planning to introduce three ‘Nehalem’ quad-core processors in the fourth quarter of this year, two mainstream and one Extreme.
The three ships have the codename ‘Bloomfield’. The Extreme chip will have a 3.2GHz clockspeed and have a direct connection to 1333MHz DDR3 memory via Intel’s new QuickPath Interconnect technology (no more Front Side Bus). The two mainstream chips will have 2.93GHz and 2.66GHz clockspeeds respectively, and have a direct connection to 1066MHz DDR3 memory. The chips can have up to three memory channels.
With the chips comes a new socket, LGA1366. The ‘Bloomfield’ chips will have 8MB of shared L3 cache, while each of the four cores will have their own L1 and L2 cache (256kb of the latter). All three processors are reported to have TDPs of less than 130W.