Intel's first 45nm processor is expected be a quad-core Core 2 Extreme, to be launched in the fourth quarter of this year priced at US$999, according to sources at motherboard makers
The processor will have a frequency of 3.33GHz, a 1333MHz FSB (front side bus) and 12MB L2 Cache, up from 8MB previously, according to the sources.
Intel has not yet provided any model number, added the sources.
In addition to the quad-core Core 2 Extreme processor, there will be two performance level quad-core processors adopting a 45nm process launched soon after, with both processors adopting a 1333 MHz FSB and 12MB L2 Cache. Another four 45nm dual-core processors (Wolfdale) will be launched in the first half of 2008. Three of the processors will adopt a 1333MHz FSB and 6MB L2 Cache, while the remaining one will adopt a 1066MHz FSB and 3MB L2 Cache, noted the sources.
Intel was not available for comment at the time of publication.