"At Intel, Moore's Law is alive and thriving. We've begun production of the world's first 32nm microprocessor, which is also the first high-performance processor to integrate graphics with the CPU. At the same time, we're already moving ahead with development of our 22nm manufacturing technology and have built working chips that will pave the way for production of still more powerful and more capable processors."
"By continuing to lead in manufacturing technology Intel is able to innovate and integrate new features and functions into its processors. Intel's 32nm process is now certified and Westmere processor wafers are moving through the factory in support of planned fourth quarter revenue production. Following the move to 32nm Intel will subsequently introduce Sandy Bridge, Intel's next new microarchitecture. Sandy Bridge will feature a sixth generation graphics core on the same die as the processor core and includes AVX instructions for floating point, media, and processor intensive software."
"The program provides a framework for developers to create and sell software applications for netbooks with support for handhelds and smart phones available in the future. Through the program, developers seeking to reduce overhead and streamline the creation of new applications may also license development tools and application modules directly from other independent developers and independent software vendors (ISVs)."
I just wonder how my wallet is going to keep up with their vision.
Hehe... I hear that. I usually skip over a generation or two of CPU.
As long as AMD, IBM, and others are still producing processors, I wouldn't expect Intel to slow up one bit.
The relentless pursuit of innovation... I wonder if Moore's law will begin to break down as we progress past 15nm.
A quote from Gordon Moore (2005):
"In terms of size [of transistors] you can see that we're approaching the size of atoms which is a fundamental barrier, but it'll be two or three generations
before we get that far—but that's as far out as we've ever been able to
see. We have another 10 to 20 years before we reach a fundamental
limit. By then they'll be able to make bigger chips and have transistor
budgets in the billions."
Don't forget the possibility of layered chips.
Why doesn't Intel skip 32nm lithography on the Atom for 2012, and go straight to 22nm as Ivy Bridge will be? Why is Atom 1 step behind Ivy Bridge even though the Atom die is simpler than Ivy bridge?