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Intel Atom to go as small as 15nm

updated 01:55 am EDT, Fri September 17, 2010

New tech previewed at Intel IDF

Intel is reportedly aiming to advance its Atom architecture with chips based on 15 nanometer processes. The technology would represent a significant leap, as current Atom offerings are all based circuits with a minimum of 45nm technology. Even the Cedar Trail platform, scheduled succeed the Pine Trail series in 2011, will be the first Atoms to be based on a 32nm process.

The future endeavors were displayed this week in a SoC chart presented at the Intel Developer Forum. Aside from the 15nm offerings, the company also plans to expand a variety of 22nm chips that will hit the market after the 32nm designs have been finalized.

The chart also indicates a significant jump in the number of chip variations in each series. The "N," "D," "Z," and "CE" series is currently composed of 6 different chips. The 32nm level is listed with 11 different chips, while the 15nm category jumps up to 27 variants.

The company has yet to disclose particular details regarding the upcoming SoCs, such as potential improvements to power efficiency, processing power, and sizes of the integrated components. [via CNET]





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