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Windows 7: Intel's 3D Transistor

04 May 2011   #11
Buddahfan

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Intel Makes 3-D Transistors Reality

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While the details of Wednesday's announcement were closely guarded, the concept 3-D of transistors is over a decade old, originally bearing the name finFET, referring to the fin-like vertical design component of classic field effect transistors. What's important about Intel's announcement is that it has made the manufacturing of these transistors commercially viable, which Intel claims adds just 2% to 3% to the cost of manufacturing 22-nm devices while resulting in performance improvements as great as 37% or active power savings of up to 50% versus the company's current 32-nm devices.

At a press conference in San Francisco, Intel showed devices ranging from laptops to desktops to servers running on chips built using the new process. These chips are the successor to Intel's "Sandy Bridge" chips, which are currently used in state of the art laptops, desktops, and servers.

Dubbed "Ivory Bridge," the new chips will be plug compatible with existing Xeon processors. As production ramps up, end users can expect to see systems based on the chip appearing late in the year or early next year.

Intel's Atom processor will also be built on the new process, but will trail the Xeon chips to the market. Moving Atom to the new process will be critical for Intel if it wants to grab market share from ARM in the mobile processor market. The battle lines are being drawn there as ARM has announced partnerships with IBM to move to its own 14-nm processor, and currently works with IBM for production of 32- and 28-nm chips.

While moving to a 22-nm process will allow ARM to fit more transistors on a chip, the power savings and performance improvements will not be as great as for Intel with its new transistor design. The immediate and likely long-term advantage for Atom may give device manufacturers enough reason to consider either switching to Atom or, more likely, making devices with both chips.
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04 May 2011   #12
Everlong

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alan10 View Post
I query the accuracy of the first statement, viz
"the world's first 3-D transistors in mass production".

Silicon Planar transistors have a name that implies 2-D,
but the variations of doping with depth makes it 3-D

Previous Silicon Junction transistors are more obviously 3-D

Germanium Alloy Diffused Transistors

How about Cat Whisker Transistors ?

transistor
Do they also use a tri-gate, though?
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04 May 2011   #13
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

If it's a Xeon compatible socket that these things are going to use then I believe that's a 1366 socket. I don't really know what Xeons are but I think these are server boards.
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04 May 2011   #14
GEWB

Linux (Mint is primary) / XP, Win7 Home / Win7 Pro, Ultimate / Win8.1 / Win10 archived VM
 
 

Spooky - I have been thinking about a similar configuration for 20 years and now it's happening. My version goes one step further by stacking these "three dimensional" layers. Imagin plugging in a CPU shaped roughly like a cube with connectors on multiple faces (hmm, a 4,000 or 5,000 pin package - maybe more!).

Regards,
GEWB
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05 May 2011   #15
cloud8521

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GEWB View Post
Spooky - I have been thinking about a similar configuration for 20 years and now it's happening. My version goes one step further by stacking these "three dimensional" layers. Imagin plugging in a CPU shaped roughly like a cube with connectors on multiple faces (hmm, a 4,000 or 5,000 pin package - maybe more!).

Regards,
GEWB
its flat because you need to cool it... if it was a cube it would probably melt
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05 May 2011   #16
nitroman84

windows 7 Pro 64Bit
 
 

Now I just feel stupid for buying my laptop a few months ago. I want this. Moore's law is a PITA
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05 May 2011   #17
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

This is incredible. Nice video also, really enjoyed it.

Just bought my new i5-2500k, but I should be good as I doubt they will have these in CPUs for at least another year or two.

Will be interesting to see what develops with them, my phone CPU sucks pretty bad.

~Lordbob
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05 May 2011   #18
jfar

Vista Ult64, Win7600
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lordbob75 View Post
This is incredible. Nice video also, really enjoyed it.

Just bought my new i5-2500k, but I should be good as I doubt they will have these in CPUs for at least another year or two.

Will be interesting to see what develops with them, my phone CPU sucks pretty bad.

~Lordbob

They have a demo of it here in action.

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05 May 2011   #19
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Well damn, looks like it could be sooner than I thought.

~Lordbob
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05 May 2011   #20
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Damn product obsolescence will only take minutes now instead of days. CPU / GPU integrated surround sound 3d glasses coming soon with brain controlled mouse'g and optional hand sensing source controls......man are we going to look weird walking down the street in video cellular/gps/gaming mode. Oh and we won't have to actually talk to each other for the pc communication mode as well........pc standing for politically correct ! Oh you laugh now but it's coming........wait that's the sexual response mode ! lol
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