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Intel 22nm 3-D Tri-Gate Transistor Technology

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  • Intel announces a major breakthrough and historic innovation in microchips: the world's first 3-D transistors in mass production
  • The transition to 3-D continues the pace of technology advancement, fueling Moore's Law for years to come.
  • An unprecedented combination of performance improvement and power reduction to enable new innovations across a range of future 22nm-based devices from the smallest handhelds to powerful cloud-based servers.
  • Intel demonstrates a 22nm microprocessor -- code-named Ivy Bridge -- that will be the first high-volume chip to use 3-D transistors.

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"For years we have seen limits to how small transistors can get," said Gordon E. Moore.  "This change in the basic structure is a truly revolutionary approach, and one that should allow Moore's Law, and the historic pace of innovation, to continue." - Gordon E. Moore

 

"Intel's scientists and engineers have once again reinvented the transistor, this time utilizing the third dimension. Amazing, world-shaping devices will be created from this capability as we advance Moore’s Law into new realms." - Paul Otellini, Intel President and CEO


"The performance gains and power savings of Intel's unique 3-D Tri-Gate transistors are like nothing we've seen before. This milestone is going further than simply keeping up with Moore's Law. The low-voltage and low-power benefits far exceed what we typically see from one process generation to the next. It will give product designers the flexibility to make current devices smarter and wholly new ones possible. We believe this breakthrough will extend Intel's lead even further over the rest of the semiconductor industry." - Mark Bohr, Intel Senior Fellow


"…the shift to a tri-gate structure is 'truly a historic event’…" - Dan Hutcheson, Senior Analyst, VLSI Research in "Intel Going Vertical for 22nm Transistors


"It appears that Intel has gained a head start of at least four years, much as the company achieved in 2007 by introducing high-k metal-gate (HKMG) transistors at the 45nm node." - Tom Halfhill, Senior Analyst, Microprocessor Report, in Processor Watch: "FinFETS Extend Intel's Technology Lead"


"The performance capability should blow ARM devices out of the water." - Dean Freeman, Research VP, Gartner Research, May 4, 2011, in "Intel Going Vertical for 22nm Transistors"


"All in all, 22nm 3D transistors are truly revolutionary. By expanding the gate area with a 3D vertical fin, Intel is showing a higher-probability path to continuing Moore’s Law at 10nm and below in the 2015 timeframe. That assurance alone is worth tens of billions to the technology industry." - Peter Kastner, Industry Analyst, Scott-Page, in "Thoughts on Intel's 22nm 3D Transistor"


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