Intel Details Transition Plans for 32-nm Processors
At a technical conference later this month, Intel engineers plan to detail how they will transition from the current crop of 45-nanometer processors to chips that are built on a new 32-nm manufacturing process. Intel is developing this new line of processors under the code name "Westmere," and Intel plans to bring the first of these 32-nm microprocessors to the market in late 2009. At the same conference, IBM and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing also plan to detail their efforts at developing and manufacturing 32- and 22-nm processors.Intel is planning to offer some of the first details about how its engineers will switch the company's processor manufacturing from the current 45-nanometer model to a newer, smaller 32-nm design in 2009. At the International Electron Devices meeting in San Francisco, which starts Dec. 15, Intel engineers will present seven technical papers, including one that details Intel's efforts to create the company's first 32-nm microprocessors. (A nanometer is one billionth of a meter.)
Intel is scheduled to switch to 32-nm processors in late 2009. These processors-code-named "Westmere"-will still be based on the Nehalem microarchitecture that Intel released at its Developer Forum in August. The first of the Nehalem processors, called Core i7, are built on the company's 45-nm manufacturing process.