Oct 24, 2010

Intel advances processor technology to 22nm, Near future.

                          Announcement of Intel's plans to expand in Hillsboro.
Intel stepped up its chip production on Tuesday with plans to open a new US fabrication plant. For this reason Intel had made Oregon factory expansion , outlining a multibillion-dollar project that will remake its advanced Ronler Acres campus in Hillsboro. The company said it will spend between $6 billion and $8 billion to expand U.S. manufacturing, including the new Oregon factory. Overall, Intel said the projects will support at least 6,000 construction jobs and at least 800 new, long-term production jobs. Intel needs the Oregon factory till 2013 to produce chips for research and development as they advances its designs.

"Intel makes approximately 10 billion transistors per second. Our factories produce the most advanced computer technology in the world and these investments will create capacity for innovation we haven’t yet imagined," Intel vice president Brian Krzanich said in a written statement. "Intel and the world of technology lie at the heart of this future. Contrary to conventional wisdom, we can retain a vibrant manufacturing economy here in the United States by focusing on the industries of the future."
Jerry Sanders, formerly the chief executive of AMD, famously said, "Only real men have fabs." 

The process for building 22nm technology is even smaller than the 32nm technology just entering production and should run even more efficiently while fitting more into a given space. A single example chip about the size of a fingernail contains about 2.9 billion transistors and about 364 megabits (45.5MB) of static RAM.
The semiconductor firm didn't say when full 22nm processors would ship, though the company normally employs a "tick, tock" schedule where a previous generation of an architecture is moved to a smaller feature size (the "tick") and then  the same process technology is used, but the architecture is updated (the "tock"). The same tick-tock strategy is used in the Atom family, and has been planned for technologies at 32 nm, 22 nm, and 15 nm. 32nm is only due to enter full scale production late this year and makes 22nm more likely for 2011. The pending upgrades will prepare the four existing factories to manufacture Intel's next generation of microprocessor, which use smaller, 22-nanometer circuitry. Production on that class of chips is due to begin in Hillsboro late next year, part of Intel's regular two-year upgrade cycle. 

 Intel will add a new factory at its Ronler Acres campus in Hillsboro and upgrade two existing plants.

A little more on Intel:

 Intel is the world's largest producer of microprocessors, the brains inside computers. It controls 80 percent of the market for PCs, laptops and corporate servers. Intel's sales are at record levels, but the company is facing growing pressure from Apple, Google and others who use low-powered processors from rival ARM Holdings to drive mobile tablet computers and smartphones.

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