Intel: 32nm process in good shape

Posted on Thursday, Dec 07 2006 @ 00:06 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
AMD just released its first 65nm processors this week and Intel is gearing up to switch to 45nm. Intel, along with TSMC, is also preparing 32nm chips.
Speaking at the International Technology Roadmap for Semiconductors (ITRS) forum being held in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Gargini said Moore's Law is expected to apply for 10-15 years more.

But he predicts that Moore's Law will face challenges when it comes to the development of 22nm and more advanced processes.

Industry sources pointed out that TSMC is also seeing breakthroughs in its development at the 32nm node. The world's number-one pure play foundry has already conducted a few tests on 32nm wafer prototypes, the sources said.

TSMC CEO Rick Tsai recently revealed that the company has an ad hoc team devoted to the development of 32nm technology.
The first 32nm processors will likely be released in 2009.


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