Intel begins the transition from 45-nanometers to 32-nanometers chip

 11 Dec 2008 - By Omar Yesid Mariño+

Intel has begun the transition for its processors from 45 nm to 32 nm chips. The objective is to reduce the size of the devices and the energy consumption. The company will give details about this change during a series of technical conferences on electronic devices in San Francisco, which are scheduled for December 15.

Intel begins the transition from 45-nanometers to 32-nanometers chip

The new “Westmere” processors will be based on the Nehalem microarchitecture (Core i7) and the engineers will reveal how they are looking for new ways of reducing circuit power leakages when transistors are not working. Intel also plans to show its new SRAM memories (static RAM) that contain more than 1.9 billion transistors and a 3.8 GHz clock speed.

According to eWEEK, IBM and several of its partners (like AMD or Toshiba), will also reveal some advances in miniaturization of electronic components and a paper about their efforts to produce a 22-nm SRAM (static RAM) memory cell. On the other hand, Taiwan Semiconductor will present its plans to manufacture 32-nm processors

Intel Labs’s researchers have achieved good results in the field of silicon photonics. The company has now a record breaking silicon-based “Avalanche Photodetector” with a gain-bandwidth product of 340GHz. Silicon photonics is a new technology that uses standard silicon to send and receive optical information among computers and other electronic devices.

Intel – Official website

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