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Thursday, 05 May 2011 11:23

Intel redesigns the transistor

Written by Nick Farell


Gives AMD pause for thought
Intel might have placed itself three years ahead of AMD after redesigning the transistor. Yesterday Intel announced that it was bringing in 3D transistors which will let them design smaller and more powerful processors.

Tri-gate designs use a 22-nanometre process with a "fin" jutting up from the base. Chips using them will go into production this year and appear in computers in 2012 in processors codenamed "Ivy Bridge". The new designs will also use less power. A dual-core chip with 22nm tri-gate transistors would use the same power as an existing 32nm chip. The move could get Intel into smartphones and tablet computers, which is dominated by low powered designs from ARM.

Intel said that its new chips would be "extremely competitive" with ARM on power consumption. It has not provided any figures or a date when the chips would appear in smartphones. Intel has been talking about 3D transistors for nearly a decade.  No-one has been able to make them in any numbers. However analysts called it one of the most significant shifts in silicon transistor design since the integrated circuit was invented in the 1950s. The belief is that it the design should allow it to advance at least a generation ahead of its rivals.
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+103 #1 rundll 2011-05-05 11:45
"The new designs will also use less power. A dual-core chip with 22nm tri-gate transistors would use the same power as an existing 32nm chip."

What does this mean?
 
 
+31 #2 Tranzz 2011-05-05 11:55
I think the process sizes are the wrong way round
 
 
+29 #3 Boomstick777 2011-05-05 12:04
This mean Moore's law will continue, if Intel can produce this, it will mean much better power use on smaller fabrications, 22nm, 16nm?

3D processors (raised not flat) have been talked about for years, the first chip manufacture that can stack layers into a cube will bring a next gen of computing, although that is years away, cubic chips would be so much faster and use less power..

Edit, The new design is explained well here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIkMaQJSyP8&feature=player_embedded#at=70
 
 
+20 #4 GKL 2011-05-05 13:20
Intel can finally compete with ARM 40nm chips in cell phones, well done. Lets hope no foundary starts making ARM chips on a better process soon ;)
 
 
+19 #5 Boomstick777 2011-05-05 13:26
Quoting GKL:
Intel can finally compete with ARM 40nm chips in cell phones, well done. Lets hope no foundary starts making ARM chips on a better process soon ;)


True, you would think if they can also make arm chips with this tech than Intel's advantage will be lost? AMD need to jump on this tech aswell else the gap between them and Intel is just getting bigger..
 
 
+31 #6 Peter Ong 2011-05-05 13:51
Shit! That's not good! Hope Global Foundry has something in their hats. I don want to see Intel monopolized the market another decade!

P/S: Someone mentioned 3D transistor idea was from IBM. If that's the case, it's not so worry since IBM is technology partner/provider for Global Foundry. It's just a matter of time to get the manufacturing process to mature.
 
 
-34 #7 hanoking 2011-05-05 14:13
I think mr.Farrell should be hired as a process engineer scientist for AMD, help them shape up or..oh wait! AMD doesnt have fabs dont they!
 
 
+24 #8 The_Wolf88 2011-05-05 14:30
No problemo !

AMD can copy it.. That's what Intel do all the time !! Right ?!
 
 
+21 #9 yourma2000 2011-05-05 15:03
GlobalFoundries said 3D transistors aren't needed just yet although they are better tech, maybe once we hit the silicon brick wall, somehow 3d transistors can continue to shrink for a few more years
 
 
-89 #10 Drac 2011-05-05 17:11
Quoting The_Wolf88:
No problemo !

AMD can copy it.. That's what Intel do all the time !! Right ?!


Emm..nope
amd have no clue about cpu's,even if they allowed to copy,they making crap copies.
amd not 3 years behind - they ages behind.cant wait till they Shovel,aka bulldozzer get spanked and bulldozzed.
Oh,wait,they already are LOL
Keep flaming amd fanboys :D
 

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