The cool unreleased but hopefully some day available tech that you see at the IDF certainly captures the attention, but the one constant that everyone pays attention to are the roadmap updates that chart the coming year.  This IDF it was Westmere that is just on the horizon, the die shrink to Nehalem.  Arrandale and Clarkdale will be the first to arrive, some time before we roll over to 2010.  AnandTech has taken a close look at what we know for sure about Intel’s next tock.

“Intel spent a lot of time talking about Nehalem a year ago, but not much time on Westmere. It’s the tick to Nehalem’s tock, or in other words, it’s 32nm Nehalem.

Unlike previous die shrinks, we don’t get larger caches with Westmere – Nehalem was already too big to begin with. Westmere keeps the same architecture, same cache sizes (or ratios) as Nehalem. It’s all built using smaller 32nm transistors and on a smaller die. For the same core count, expect Westmere to be roughly half the size.”

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