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Expected to launch 35 tablets by year's end

Intel Corp. is preparing to unveil nearly a dozen new tablet computers that run on its chips at Computex, at the end of May, the Wall Street Journal reports

Intel is seeking to expand beyond PCs and into the mobile market, where ARM has dominated thanks to licensees such as Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Texas Instruments. 

Intel recently announced its new 22nm 3D Tri-Gate transistors that will boost performance by up to 37 percent compared to existing 32nm technology. It's all part of the company's focus on increasing performance while lowering power consumption -- a move aimed directly at ARM and its hold on the smartphone and tablet market.

Intel is launching a new set of Atom chips, codenamed Oak Trail, specifically for tablets. "While the project improves Intel's position, analysts say the company faces an uphill struggle, as it comes late to the game and is also handicapped by its lack of strong partnerships and applications designed for Android or other popular tablet operating systems, unlike its position in the PC world with Microsoft Inc.'s Windows," WSJ reports.

But Navin Shenoy, Intel's general manager for Asia-Pacific, told WSJ that more than 35 Intel-chip-based tablets are targeted to ship by the end of the year. He also mentioned that component shortages from Japan did not affect Intel's supply chain. 



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RE: Trigate
By phatboye on 5/18/2011 11:05:38 AM , Rating: 4
http://www.anandtech.com/show/4345/intels-2011-inv...

According to this article Intel isn't bringing tri-gate technology to the Atom arch till sometime in 2013. By that time most of ARM SoC will follow suit with tri-gate a few months later so I doubt this will be much of a game changer because ARM SoC will have the upper hand. You prob won't see much game changing till 2015 when Intel releases it's atom arch on the 14nm process.


RE: Trigate
By omnicronx on 5/18/2011 1:29:24 PM , Rating: 2
Baseless assumptions.

We already know ARM's roadmap through 2013, and I'll give you a guess what is not included.

Tri gate makes little sense above 22nm too, and with Intel on average being at least 18 months ahead of any other foundry, thats at LEAST a year and a half after Intel will have it implemented.

This of course completely overlooks the fact that this has been in the makings for 10 years, and won't see itself actually implemented for almost 13. Let alone the fact that Intel most likely holds many of the patents for the implementation in question.

In other words, you won't be seeing multi gate on ARM chips anytime soon, and it certainly won't be anywhere close to Intel's release. My guess, at least a 2 year advantage if not more from its time of release. (and I think that's being a little bit optimistic)


RE: Trigate
By phatboye on 5/18/2011 3:48:32 PM , Rating: 2
omnicronx I don't really understand what you are trying to say but I think you are confused on a few things. First if you read the article that I linked to you will see that Intel is releasing it's 32nm Atom "Medfield" chip this year this is at around the same time TSMC will start producing 28nm ARM SoC for third parties. So the 18 month lead that you are talking about does not apply to the Atom Architecture. In fact Intel will be behind a lot of ARM SoC in that aspect for a while.

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Let alone the fact that Intel most likely holds many of the patents for the implementation in question.
The fact is that TSMC is currently developing and has already shown prototypes so whether Intel owns patents for this means nothing I'm sure every other manufacturing company has patents as well.

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In other words, you won't be seeing multi gate on ARM chips anytime soon
...and according to the article you won't see it on Atom chips till sometime in 2013 which is still a while away.

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and it certainly won't be anywhere close to Intel's release. My guess, at least a 2 year advantage if not more from its time of release. (and I think that's being a little bit optimistic)
Please leave speculation out of this. If you can't link to soild proof then don't guess.


RE: Trigate
By omnicronx on 5/18/2011 4:15:25 PM , Rating: 2
The 18 months is based on manufacturing process (i understand that the Atom is just hitting 32nm now), i.e Intel's 22nm 1270 manufacturing process will be in production 12-18 months before TSMC's 22nm process.

Intel 22nm with trigate hits fabs 2011 , TMSC 22nm without trigate or anyt type of Finfets tech, second half 2012 at the earliest.

TMSC has already stated they won't be pursuing any FinFets design until 14nm as stated here (which is not even on the roadmap yet, so I don't know what you are talking about on the TSMC front as you are vastly incorrect):

http://www.eetimes.com/electronics-news/4215986/De...

14nm trigate for Intel by 2013, no official timetable for TSMC. Anything that I have seen pegs it at around 2015

"Transistor device technology has had three major innovations since 2000;
TSMC started copper/low-k volume production in 2002 and high-k/metal gate
production in 2011, and will start FinFET production in 2015."

http://7marketspot.com/archives/3203

And yes clearly my speculation is just that, speculation, I was never trying to pass it off as fact and clearly stated that is was my opinion.


RE: Trigate
By phatboye on 5/18/2011 8:03:34 PM , Rating: 2
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The 18 months is based on manufacturing process (i understand that the Atom is just hitting 32nm now), i.e Intel's 22nm 1270 manufacturing process will be in production 12-18 months before TSMC's 22nm process. Intel 22nm with trigate hits fabs 2011 , TMSC 22nm without trigate or anyt type of Finfets tech, second half 2012 at the earliest.

What part of 22nm trigate process will not hit the atom arch until 2013 don't you understand. Yes intel will have 22nm process out this year but It will not come to the atom arch till 2013 . The 22nm process is reserved for Ivy Bridge CPUs and other stuff not Atom until later.

With that being said TSMC will have high performance 28nm out this year. Thus ARM SoC will have an advantage because Intel will still be on 32nm until 2013.


RE: Trigate
By omnicronx on 5/19/2011 1:37:38 PM , Rating: 2
What part do you not understand about 2015 before TSMC goes to 14nm and Trigate like technology do you not understand!

You also clearly are missing the point, while the ATOM may lag behind in manufacturing process, Intel will have 2 years to ramp up production using this new technology for its OTHER LINES.

Thats a good 4 years before TSMC even attempts it.

Are you truly trying to imply Intel won't have a major advantage? Or do you think TSMC just flips the switch and all fabs are suddenly ready for the new technology overnight?

Come 2013 Intel will be ready to just start making chips, as all fabs will now be ready for said technology.


RE: Trigate
By phatboye on 5/20/2011 8:24:32 PM , Rating: 2
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What part do you not understand about 2015 before TSMC goes to 14nm and Trigate like technology do you not understand!


Please link to me where you know TSMC won't release Finfet till the 14nm node. From what I've read they only said that the 28nm and 22nm nodes will be planner, but you seem to forget TSMC will have a 18nm node there has been no word on if that technology will be ready for that node or even when the 18nm node will be ready. They may even have it ready around the time Intel moves to 22nm. Neither one of us knows the answer to that.

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You also clearly are missing the point, while the ATOM may lag behind in manufacturing process, Intel will have 2 years to ramp up production using this new technology for its OTHER LINES. Thats a good 4 years before TSMC even attempts it. Are you truly trying to imply Intel won't have a major advantage? Or do you think TSMC just flips the switch and all fabs are suddenly ready for the new technology overnight?


Yes ramp up takes a while but what you are implying is that it will put them another 2 years behind Intel so that will put them a total of 4 year behind? That is just crazy talk. Yeah TSMC had problems with the 45nm node and it took them a really long time to ramp up productions, but that is the past.

Also even if it takes 2 years to ramp up production and if they get low yields at first that doesn't mean that TSMC can't pump out chips.


RE: Trigate
By lol123 on 5/20/2011 11:15:36 AM , Rating: 2
The article you linked to and based your claim on is about the new Atom micro-architecture, Silvermont, appearing in 2013 (on 22nm). That does not mean, nor does the article say, that Atom will not be on the 22nm process until 2013, only that it won't receive a new micro-architecture until 2013. Look up the tick-tock model as you seem to be lacking some basic knowledge about how Intel plans its roadmaps these days.


RE: Trigate
By phatboye on 5/20/2011 8:07:55 PM , Rating: 2
I am all but familiar with Intel's tick-Tock model having been keeping up with how Intel works for years. And while the article doesn't state specifically that the Saltwell arch won't hit the 22nm node you need to remember 2 things.

1) The Atom arch is not on the tick-tock model and has never been on it. That is why the first gen atoms where on the 45nm node for so long. If you even read the article it even states that.

2) If you clearly look at the picture in the middle of the page entittled "Accelerating the Atom(tm) SoC Roadmap" you can see quite clearly where the node changes occur. You can see toward the Core Arch that there is a clear transition path Nehelem->Sandy Bridge->Ivy Bridge->Future Product->Future Product. And also you can see where the node changes occur. Between Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge and Future Product/Future Product. However you do not see a node change in between Saltwell. You don't see a node change until 2012 and that will be for Silvermont. Now you are right the article doesn't explicitly say their won't be a node change for Saltwell but from just looking at that side I would assume their will not be one. Assuming anything else after looking at that slide is just plain silly.


RE: Trigate
By lol123 on 5/20/2011 11:40:58 PM , Rating: 2
You are right, I concentrated on the article text so I forgot to look at the roadmap. If it's really accurate that Intel will not be bringing Atom to 22nm when it's available (I think it's a possibility that the Medfield/Saltwell SoC might be produced on 22nm late in its life without receiving a new codename in the fashion of Sandy Bridge/Ivy Bridge), then I would consider that a departure from what they've been saying about how they want to focus their attention on mobile computing in the future.


RE: Trigate
By phatboye on 5/21/2011 8:51:58 AM , Rating: 2
Well from the way it looks, and the way that article sounded, it looks as though Intel is on track to bring Atom on to a similar 1 year tick tock model as it's Core arch so you can argue that they are focusing more on the mobile side of things. It really takes a lot of time and future planning to make something like moving to a schedule like that happen.


RE: Trigate
By lol123 on 5/20/2011 11:08:06 AM , Rating: 2
Where in the article does it say that?


"If you look at the last five years, if you look at what major innovations have occurred in computing technology, every single one of them came from AMD. Not a single innovation came from Intel." -- AMD CEO Hector Ruiz in 2007














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