Intel Continues to Shrink the Chip

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Intel Continues to Shrink the Chip

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The 22-nm Wafer

Intel CEO Paul Otellini shows off a silicon wafer containing the first working 22-nm processors. The circuitry of the chip is small, to the point that 2.9 billion transistors can be put into an area the size of a fingernail.

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The SRAM Die

SRAMs tend to be used as test chips in new manufacturing processes. The image shows the SRAM die of a chip built on Intel's 22-nm manufacturing process.

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Jasper Forest

Jasper Forest, due out early next year, is a 45-nm processor that will bring Intel's Nehalem architecture to the embedded, storage and communications sectors.