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Mark Bohr Gets Small 22nm Explained

Intel’s new chips are 37 percent faster than the company’s current ones when operating at low voltages to keep power consumption low. And they require half the power to perform at a given switching speed. Power consumption is important in handheld devices because it determines how long the battery lasts. It’s also crucial in the power-hungry server farms that make up the cloud.

 

The best chips on the market today use planar transistors that are 32 nanometers in size. The next generation will use 22-nanometer transistors. To pack more processing power into that smaller size without sending power requirements through the roof, the company had to turn to a new design.

 

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