Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Intel finishes work on 32nm chip process

updated 07:40 am EST, Wed December 10, 2008

Intel Wraps 32nm Process

Intel today said it has completed its development work on 32 nanometer manufacturing for its processors. The method introduces a second-generation high-k metal gate as well as new approaches to making patterning layers and transistors, all of which result in a more energy-efficient and thus cooler technology than for Intel's current 45nm chips. Shrinking the process keeps the company on schedule for introducing a new, smaller manufacturing technique each year.

The development should let Intel produce significantly more complex processors and will be especially important for smaller devices such as Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and netbooks, according to the company. A recently leaked roadmap points to Intel's Atom line including a 32nm part known as Medfield that would result in an all-in-one processor small enough to fit in tighter spaces such as smartphones while also bolstering performance.

Intel anticipates shipping the first processors built on 32nm technology to appear in late 2009. Historically, the firm implements such advances first with desktops and transitions to notebooks.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Tablo DVR

With over-the-top content options growing past Hulu and Netflix, consumers may be finding it harder to justify paying a monthly fee fo ...

Sound Blaster Roar Bluetooth speaker

There could very well be a new king of the hill for Bluetooth speakers, with Sound Blaster's recent entry into the marketplace. Bringi ...

Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this y ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News