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IBM intros 32nm processor technology

updated 10:35 am EST, Mon December 10, 2007

IBM 32nm Processor Tech

IBM began its week with news that it has developed a new 32-nanometer processor manufacturing technology that it says will not just improve performance but also make it more accessible. The process uses a variant on the same high-k/metal gate technique that replaces some of the silicon in transistors with more efficient, cooler materials to pack more components into a single chip and increase performance. An enhancement, known as "high-k/gate-first," not only includes a further shrink from the 45 nanometers of technology about to reach the market to 32 nanometers but is also easier to produce. By focusing on the most advanced components first, it lets partner companies design smaller, faster processors without having to increase the chip complexity from the outset.

The New York state-based computer company says it has demonstrated a working example of the 32nm technology with prototype static RAM chips like those found in full-size processors, serving as a proof of concept for future hardware. IBM's development will not see mass production until the second half of 2009 at the earliest but will be used in CPUs and components from partners such as AMD, Infineon, and Samsung. These should reach both conventional computers as well as game consoles and supercomputers.

Intel has also developed its own 32nm technology for a similar timeframe but should spread its technology across its line from premium server-class processors to ultra-mobile PCs.





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  1. MiMiC

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    Apple News?

    Is Apple going to use AMD chips, or is this a non Apple related article?

    Rich

  1. jimothy

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    re: Apple news

    Time will only tell whether Apple uses AMD chips or not (or, if Intel licenses/uses this technology). However, note that this article is on the Electronista website, not MacNN. (Like you, I came to this article form a MacNN link.)

  1. elroth

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    not so fast

    Apple will probably not use AMD chips as long as Intel keeps improving. Note that Intel has itsk own technology for 32nm chips (which technology do you think will be better?). This story is pure PR from IBM to try to drum up some interest. These chips (if they ever are actually produced) are a long way off (at least 2 years). Given IBM's track record, don't count on them meeting projections.

  1. coffeetime

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    IBM sucks

    Apple ditched IBM, who produced PowerPC, for Intel. Back then IBM prefer to product 3.0GHz chip for Xbox first than Apple. And they are also slow in catching up GHz speed comparing to Intel. There is no reason for Apple to come back to IBM.

  1. jimothy

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    IBM doesn't suck

    It's not that IBM sucks, but that their focus just isn't on desktop and mobile processors. The Power6 chips are extremely powerful, but consume too much power for consumer-level computers. IBM delivers, just to a different audience.

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