Almost 32 nm Intel

Intel announced the completion of research on the implementation of the technological process for the production of 32-nm processors. The practical part, i.e. the reorganization of production, Intel'ovtsy plan to complete in about a year, in the fourth quarter of 2009. Thus, Intel was ahead of the alliance of IBM, Toshiba, AMD, Samsung, Chartered, Infineon and Freescale, which are planning to introduce a 32-nm process in 2010.

Intel has again confirmed the validity of its tick-tock strategy, which implies the transition, with the improvement of the technological process, from the old architecture (tick) to the new tock. And so every two years. The sequence is logical. For example, in 2008 the new microprocessor architecture Nehalem was introduced, in 2009 it is expected to introduce 32-nm technology, and in 2010 the launch of the new Sandy Bridge architecture. And in 2011, Intel will switch to the 22 nm process.

Actually, what can we buyers of all this iron expect? In theory - direct benefits. Small chips are cheaper to produce, which should affect the cost of consumer electronics. Well, just a little bit. And they "eat" less energy. According to Intel, the new chips will use new technologies of the second generation high-k and metal gate and transistors, which will "work" 22% faster than the current ones used in Penryn chips.

via engadget