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Intel Broadwell Sneak Peek

Intel reveals first details of its 14nm chipmaking technology and Broadwell, its first CPU to use it.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Intel provided the first details of its 14nm process technology, now qualified for volume production in an Oregon fab, and gave a sneak peak at Broadwell, its first CPU to use it.

Intel claims its 14nm process delivers a lower cost per transistor than its 22nm node thanks to aggressive area scaling using self-aligned double-patterning lithography. It said the process will enable a new class of x86-based 2-in-1 tablet/notebooks less than 9 mm thick that will be on store shelves before the end of the year.

Intel reserved details of Broadwell products until its annual developer forum in San Francisco next month. But it did give some specs for its 14nm FinFETs. Compared to Intel's 22nm process, t will have:

  • 42nm fin pitch, down .70x
  • 70nm gate pitch, down .78x
  • 52nm interconnect pitch down .65x
  • 42nm high fins, up from 34nm
  • a 0.0588 micron2 SRAM cell, down .54x
  • ~0.53 area scaling compared to 22nm

Read the rest of this story on EE Times.

Based in San Jose, Rick writes news and analysis about the electronics industry and the engineering profession for EE Times. He is the editor of the Android, Internet of Things, Wireless/Networking, and Medical Designlines. He joined EE Times in 1992 as a Hong Kong based ... View Full Bio

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8/13/2014 | 12:42:14 AM
Still Shrinking!
Intel has kept going the way while others are thinking hesitantly. They had been leading all generations of size reduction for many years. However, Intel has got a good blow by losing the big sales on mobile market, but Intel is preparing for that. The dynamics in semiconductor business changes abruptly. 
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