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The fact that Intel announced its 22nm technology, the world’s most advanced process for manufacturing logic, at a press event earlier today was hardly surprising. The tick-tock cadence of Intel’s technology continues like clockwork. What is very surprising, however, is how Intel got there. The 3-D transistors, known as tri-gates, that Intel will introduce at 22nm later this year are a break from the basic planar transistor that has been the foundation of integrated circuits since their invention in the 1950s.
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Intel said that the 22nm tri-gate transistor will deliver 37% better performance than the 32nm planar transistors used in Sandy Bridge chips–already the fastest by a wide margin. Alternatively, Intel can tune the tri-gate transistors to provide the same level of performance while using half the power of Sandy Bridge.
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Intel Senior Fellow Mark Bohr said that Ivy Bridge will give Intel as much as a three-year head start versus its competition, but looking at all these factors you could argue the lead may be even greater in the next few years.
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NOTE: Can we get back on topic in discussing why Intel's 22nm really matters?
Edited by 2010rig - 5/27/11 at 4:26am
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half the power.. oh my god..

is AMD screwed?
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There's no way Intel will develop a monopoly. I trust the capitalist system of economics too much. Worst, comes to worst, the government or someone will intervene to encourage competition. Plus, AMD has IBM to help with R&D.
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half the power.. oh my god..

is AMD screwed?
AMD was screwed long ago if i recall correctly, by continuously modifying the same old architecture!
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half the power.. oh my god..

is AMD screwed?

Oh yea, AMD is really screwed. Intel is ahead of them, have their own fabs, are the market leaders in CPU and Fab tech, and are spending tons more on RND. The more interesting question is what is going to happen with ARM?
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There's no way Intel will develop a monopoly. I trust the capitalist system of economics too much. Worst, comes to worst, the government or someone will intervene to encourage competition. Plus, AMD has IBM to help with R&D.
Intel has done nothing to encourage a break up, and intel already owns 80% of the cpu marketshare. The way breaking up of monopolies happens is that it is only done if the company A. Does something illegal or B. Does something that is blatantly anti competitive in nature. Intel has done neither of these things and holds such a large market share purely because they have been making better products than the competition.

More on topic: excited about the half the power, this should allow intel to become competitive with ARM when 22nm is worked into the atom processors. Also, does anyone know when this technology will be available, I am curious because I intend to buy a laptop for college in the fall but I don't know if I should wait or simply buy a sandy bridge one.
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There's no way Intel will develop a monopoly. I trust the capitalist system of economics too much. Worst, comes to worst, the government or someone will intervene to encourage competition. Plus, AMD has IBM to help with R&D.
AMD does R&D? HA!!! And IBM doen't release anything usefull they R&D.
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@Fbi

ironically intel has done both of those things in the past. Why do you think they had top pay AMD all that money a while back? It may not have any bearing on any monopoly issues now, but they are not innocent.
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More on topic: excited about the half the power, this should allow intel to become competitive with ARM when 22nm is worked into the atom processors.
True, but what happens when ARM finally gets fabbed on tri-gate?
    
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I'm looking forward to this. c:
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