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45nm Wafer

45nm SRAM
Intel demonstrates a working 45 nanometer SRAM chip

Intel recently began shipping its 65 nanometer Core Solo and Core Duo processors and is quickly ramping up production. While other chip manufacturers are still working to get 65nm processors out the door, Intel's D1D facility in Oregon is already working on 45nm technology.

Intel has announced what it believes to be the first working sample of a 45nm Static Random Access Memory (SRAM) chip. The SRAM chip is packed with one billion transistors and is simply a demonstration of Intel's production capabilities.

Full production of 45nm chips using 300mm wafers are scheduled to start in 2007 according to Intel representatives. Intel also states that 45nm processors will have power leakage levels five times lower than processors that are currently shipping. This move will further increase battery life on mobile platforms and plays right into Intel's newfound vigor for efficiency:

Intel has a long history of translating technology leaps into tangible benefits that people appreciate. Our 45nm technology will provide the foundation for delivering PCs with improved performance–per– watt that will enhance the user experience.

Intel's $3 billion Fab 32 in Chandler, Arizona and its $3.5 billion Fab 28 in Qiryat Gat, Israel will be the first facilities capable of handling 45nm production. Fab 32 will be ready for 45nm production in the second half of 2007 while Fab 28 will be 45nm capable in the second half of 2008.

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Someone familiar with intel...
By SoylentG on 1/25/2006 4:30:21 PM , Rating: 2
How long is the median time between them showing off new nm technology and implementation? Any predictions on when we'll actually have 45nm chips available for the general public?

RE: Someone familiar with intel...
By ViRGE on 1/25/2006 4:54:47 PM , Rating: 2
2-3 years.

RE: Someone familiar with intel...
By SexyK on 1/25/2006 11:27:07 PM , Rating: 3
Did you guys read the article? Says 2H 2007, so that's 1.5 years from now...

RE: Someone familiar with intel...
By nomagic on 1/26/2006 1:05:08 AM , Rating: 1
Of course they did. And they also read that Itanium is supposed to be released in 1999 but it was released in 2001. They also read that WinFS would be released with Vista, but it was pushed back. They also read that AMD's clawhammer core would be released in first quarter of 2002, but it was released in the second quarter of 2002.(<-if memory serves me right) They heard that the Dothan chip was expected to make its debut in mid-February of 2004. However, the release date was pushed back.

As a result, when they see release date, they will be skeptical. They know the actual release date will most likely be further into the future, and they make their own educated guess.

Of course, Intel may be able to put this technology into practical use by 2H 2007, assuming everything goes very smoothly. But think about the probability of somthing going wrong.

wow intel's manufacturing arm is fast
By hans007 on 1/25/2006 3:33:29 PM , Rating: 2
i think amd has better designs right now, but with the aggressive rampup that intel is doing on fab plants and the sheer number of them they have they are going to be in a fight.

amd is supposed to have 65nm shipping products in november or december of this year... intel would be maybe 2-3 months away from offering quad core 45nm chips at that point.

By JackPack on 1/25/2006 5:52:22 PM , Rating: 2
AMD isn't likely to ship 65nm products in 2006.

They'll start ramping in Q4, and products will arrive in 2007.

By Zebo on 1/26/2006 3:15:41 AM , Rating: 2
The Empire Strikes Back..

RE: blah
By Visual on 1/26/2006 5:44:09 AM , Rating: 2
nah, the clone trooper in the picture is fake.

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