Intel Promises Revolutionary 22nm Technology

We don't hear Intel using this word very often and if it does, then there is usually a good reason why it does.

"We remain on track to begin production on our 22-nanometer silicon process technology by the end of this year," Otellini said. This revolutionary technology will further distance Intel from the competition across all segments of computing." It took some time, but one analysts picked Otellini's note up and asked what would be so revolutionary about this technology, besides the fact that it drops from 32 to 22 nm. However, the CEO told Citigroup's Glen Yeung, that he really can't discuss the features and he would have to wait until the analyst day event in May.  

So, was Otellini referring to just the process technology or the integration of more processor features as a whole? There was no further information, but Intel highlighted the fact that it has dramatically increased its capital expenditures and R&D spending to $10.2 billion this year. We should be expecting some big steps from Intel over the next 24 months.

The purpose apparently is a faster transition to 22 nm and later to 14 nm in an effort to keep its rivals at a distance and cash in on its process technology advantage. The company noted that its first smartphone processor Medfield will built in 32 nm and come to smartphones within 12 months. At 22 nm the desktop processor roadmap will "intercept" the smartphone processor roadmap and tablet/phone processors will move to 22 nm as well. The first Intel 22 nm processors are expected to be announced in Q4 of this year.  

  • johnners2981
    technology is moving too fast, let me catch up
  • ferelden
    amd is just dust in the wind
  • danwat1234
    14nm? Don't you mean 16nm, and then later, 11nm for CPUs?

    GPU lithography in the industry is different (40nm, 28nm, ..)
  • memadmax
    Sweet, more transistors on the silicon equals more fun =D
  • JerseyFirefighter
    Going to start my "flux capacitor" case mod for our up and coming friends.
  • kilo_17
    Man, AMD is just now getting into 32nm, and Intel's already got 22nm planned out.
  • kewlx
    hmm my 920 is still good at 3.6Ghz with 12 GB's of 777-18 1456mhz should last me quite awhile.. though my HD 5870 will need to be bumped up to 7K series to do BF3 at a good FPS :D but I can't wait to upgrade when I do.. probably will be 16 physical core and 32 logical cores at 5 Ghz stock with ddr4 out and about ^_^..
  • dogman_1234
    What about quantum tunneling. Wont the silicon atom loose electrons in the processing below 16 nm?
  • dogofwars
    Will probably mean cheaper CPU but not necessarily faster in term of average performance.
  • decrypted
    That's some serious money just for R&D. Once Graphene kicks in, developed will feel like a full on sprint compared to the running pace it is now. Fun times ahead... :D