Intel to produce 32nm chips

Dec 10, 2008
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Intel Corp., the world's biggest computer chip-maker, said Wednesday that it has developed a manufacturing process that shrinks the circuitry in a chip to just 32 nanometers.

Intel has completed the development phase of its next-generation manufacturing process that further shrinks chip circuitry to 32 nanometers. The company is on track for production readiness of this future generation using even more energy-efficient, denser and higher performing transistors in the fourth quarter of 2009.

Intel will provide a multitude of technical details around the 32nm process technology along with several other topics during presentations at the International Electron Devices meeting (IEDM) next week in San Francisco. Finishing the development phase for the company's 32nm process technology and production readiness in this timeframe means that Intel remains on pace with its ambitious product and manufacturing cadence referred to as the company's "tick-tock" strategy.

That plan revolves around introducing an entirely new processor microarchitecture alternating with a cutting edge manufacturing process about every 12 months, an effort unmatched in the industry. Producing 32nm chips next year would mark the fourth consecutive year Intel has met its goal.

The Intel 32nm paper and presentation describe a logic technology that incorporates second-generation high-k + metal gate technology, 193nm immersion lithography for critical patterning layers and enhanced transistor strain techniques. These features enhance the performance and energy efficiency of Intel processors. Intel's manufacturing process has the highest transistor performance and the highest transistor density of any reported 32nm technology in the industry.

"Our manufacturing prowess and resulting products have helped us widen our lead in computing performance and battery life for Intel-based laptops, servers and desktops," said Mark Bohr, Intel Senior Fellow and director of process architecture and integration. "As we've shown this year, the manufacturing strategy and execution have also given us the ability to create entirely new product lines for MIDs, CE equipment, embedded computers and netbooks."

Other Intel IEDM papers will describe a low power system on chip version of Intel's 45nm process, transistors based on compound semiconductors, substrate engineering to improve performance of 45nm transistors, integrating chemical mechanical polish for the 45nm node and beyond; and, integrating an array of silicon photonics modulators. Intel will also participate in a short course on 22nm CMOS Technology.

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20nmon
4 / 5 (3) Dec 10, 2008
Unlike 45 nm, they haven't announced new or converted fabs, so that is not encouraging.
Eco_R1
1.5 / 5 (4) Dec 10, 2008
money money money, keeping future tech hidden till the recent one is full utillzed and sapped for is financial value, why not just come out of the closet intel, and give us quantum computing for christmas!!!!!!!!!
zbarlici
4.3 / 5 (3) Dec 11, 2008
actually the chip market is pretty competitive and they are striving for advancements to stay ahead in the ballgame.
twango
3.7 / 5 (3) Dec 11, 2008
This article reads like an unedited press release. Its full of jargon, and does nothing to tell me how much better 32nm is than???
guiding_light
4 / 5 (3) Dec 11, 2008
It looks like their 45 nm high-k/metal gate didn't scale to 32 nm, since it is "second generation". They are also using 193 nm immersion lithography without the benefit of an earlier learning curve at 45 nm (where they bragged not having to use immersion).
darkmatter_s
not rated yet Dec 14, 2008
So..theoretically faster..but how hot will these procs get?
makotech222
not rated yet Dec 14, 2008
well, my 45nm gets to 4.0 ghz at around 40 celcius, so maybe 4.5ghz same temp? air cooled btw
gongii
5 / 5 (2) Mar 22, 2009
Just read that Intel will convert two or three of its 45 nm fabs to 32 nm. This type of maneuver is exactly what got AMD into trouble during its technology node transitions (it did exactly the same thing with its Dresden fab). Intel will kill itself going through this $7 billion, two-year transition.
plasma_guy
5 / 5 (3) May 04, 2009
It's a riot that Intel is converting two desert fabs (32, 11X) to 32 nm which uses lots of water for immersion lithography. A shot in the foot.