Originally Posted by Ipwnnubletz;13660847
32nm will always be faster than 45nm, theoretically. Light takes a set amount of seconds to travel a distance of 45nm. It'll take light 71.1% the time it took to travel 32nm as compared to 45nm, so the smaller the nanometers, the faster the computations will be.
This isn't counting architecture though.
Light? These aren't fiber optics. Electrons transfer through a medium nearly instantaneously despite distances small or vast because, unlike light, they don't actually travel. They simply cause their neighbors to get excited and pass on the urge, so to speak.
Originally Posted by wiki
This reduces overall costs of a chip firm as the lack of major architectural changes of the processor designed, reducing the R&D cost, while at the same time allowing more processor dies to be manufactured on the same piece of silicon wafer, resulting in more revenues as per more products sold....
Die shrink is beneficial to end users as well, as shrinking a die reduces the current leakage in semiconductor devices while maintaining the same clock frequency of a chip, making a product with less power consumption, increased clock rate headroom, and lower prices.